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Boyd charges to win in Icebreaker 100

February 3rd, 2014

BRADENTON – Usually, starting from 14th place in a 100-lap feature race on a 3/8-mile oval makes winning an extremely difficult task.

But for Riverview’s Joe Boyd, that didn’t slow him down as he picked his way through the field on his way to win Saturday night’s crash-filled Icebreaker 100 for the Bright House Challenge Series in front a capacity crowd at Desoto Speedway.

A 12-car inversion put Canadian driver Jerry Artuso on the pole and sent the night’s fastest qualifier, Jesse Dutilly, to 12th in the 26-car field. Artuso took the lead on the start and was inching away from second-place Michael Atwell of Naples before the caution flew for the slowed car Sarasota Anthony Campi. Campi, winner of two of the last four Super Late Model races at Desoto, saw his night end after just six laps.

Artuso and Atwell would battle for the lead for the next several laps before another caution for a spin involving Bradenton’s Dennis Colletti bunched up the field. On the restart, Atwell got by Artuso while some of the faster cars that were inverted were making their way toward the front. This included Dutilly, who had made his way up to sixth.

Nine laps later, the caution flew again as Atwell and Jeff Scofield crashed while battling for the lead. This put Lakeland’s Chris Fontaine in the lead and Dutilly up to second. Dutilly was still running second on a lap 37 restart when he started slowing with a tire issue and caught a break when a caution flew a few laps later, allowing him to pit without losing a lap.

Just prior to the halfway point, Fontaine and Wildwood’s Wayne Anderson, who was making his first appearance at the track in three years, touched going into turn three battling for the lead. Fontaine got the worst of it, spinning in front of the entire field and collecting Scofield. That ended the night for Fontaine and Scofield.

Anderson and Boyd, who weaved his way through the carnage to find himself in second, would battle for the next 20 laps for the lead. Boyd got under Anderson at the line for the lead on lap 68 and quickly began pulling away from the field.

Boyd survived several restarts over the closing stages of the race and pulled away for his first Icebreaker win. He led a race-high 33 laps and collected the night’s Hard Charger award for gaining the most starts from his starting position.

“I didn’t think I could come back from 14th tonight but man I had a great car,” Boyd said in victory lane. “It’s been awhile and man…this feels good.”

Anderson held of a surging Dutilly over the final laps to take second. Dutilly wound up third after falling as far back as 20th after his tire issue.

“I think we had a car that could win and I wish we could have got back up there,” Dutilly said. “I’m happy to be here – especially after what happened with the tire and getting to race with some of the best people in the state of Florida. I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Scott Walters finished fourth and Jake Perkins took fifth. Anthony Sergi, George Gorham, Nick Neri, Dennis Colletti and Chad Allman rounded out the top ten.

In other action Saturday night, Port Charlotte’s Richard Nelson won the 25-lap Street Stock feature; Bradenton’s Ronnie Robinson won the 25-lap Pro-4 feature; Myakka’s Josh Widner won the Rookie-4 feature and Mike Bialacki of Arcadia won the Cowboy Cadillac feature that saw him beat teammate Chris Bridges, who spun across the line in second place.

Desoto’s regular season kicks off March 1. Pro 4′s, Pure Stocks, Late Model Sportsman, Open Wheel Modifieds, Rookie 4′s and Mini Stocks will highlight that night’s racing.

DeSoto goes Full Throttle

May 7th, 2013

DeSoto Speedway has a long history. The east Manatee county speedway has been the home to some of the fiercest racing in Florida from Dick Anderson’s win in the first Icebreaker in 1980, James Knight’s valiant run for the ’99 Pure Stock championship and Jeff Choquette’s first asphalt win just to name a few, it is rich with it. Saturday night a new era began with a new name. Full Throttle Speedway opened its gates to throngs of rabid stock car fans ready for their Saturday night fix.

The parking lot was filled to capacity as were the pits including a field of 21 TBARA Winged sprints who put on one their breath taking away 30 lap 7 minute features.

The rest of the racing was also action packed. A no holds barred Street Stock race. The side by side, door handle to door handle racing had all the fans on their feet. A little extra-curricular activity between the early leaders not only added to the excitement but no doubt made some fans of the drivers on both sides. This class will definitely be the one to watch as season moves on.

And who can argue with 22 Road Warriors roaring around the high banks with “Racin’ Jason” on the mic bringing them to the checkers? Watching these guys swap paint and sheet metal is always an on the edge of your seat event. These two back bone classes have always been the classes that draw the local fans week after week.

Pro and Rookie 4′s, Legends, TQ midgets also make for some good racing. Throw in some Sprints, Sportsman, Late Models and Open Wheels as Headliners and you have a winning combo for a great weekly show.

Besides the racing the crew at Full Throttle really has the “Old Girl” looking good and as I wandered around and talked to a lot of the regulars who have been coming there for years this was one of the main topics of conversation with all positive comments. All in all the staff and crew have a good start with a lot of happy fans and racers to kick off what should be an eventful 2013 season for “Full Throttle Speedway”.

Patience Pays off for Scofield in Seafest Win

October 17th, 2011

Bradenton, Fl. Perfect weather greeted the fans and drivers at ASA sanctioned DeSoto Super Speedway for the rescheduled Seafest 100 by the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series.

Twenty cars took time under overcast skies. Thirteen drivers dipped into the fourteen second lap times making for a very competitive field of cars and drivers. Wildwood’s own Wayne Anderson clicked off the fastest lap of the day trekking around the 3/8ths mile High Banks with a 14.673 time. Second fast was local favorite Jessie Dutilly with a quick 14.682 lap, third was Jeff Scofield 14.714, fourth Steve Dorer 14.722 and fifth fast went was Todd Allen’s 14.745.

The many fans were treated to a “Meet and Great” with the Late Model Drivers. Fans were able to get up and personal and meet the Men under helmets face to face. The drivers were more than accommodating autographing whatever the fans had and posing for pictures.

After about thirty minutes the fans returned to their seats and the drivers climbed into theirs strapping in for the 100 lap feature. A chorus of young ladies gave the command “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and field came to life with a roar.
The field was inverted eight positions for the start of the race putting Todd Allen and Bobby Good on the front row. Allen jumped out to the early lead but a multi car pile-up on lap eight brought out the first yellow of evening.

Jessie Dutilly was one of the cars involved along with Scofield. Dutilly was sent to the rear Scofield dove into the pits and re-started at the rear of pack with Dutilly. Steve Gill and Joe Boyd were casualties of the wreck ending their night. Wayne Anderson was also involved but needed extensive repairs. He returned several laps down with front body work removed and finished a disappointing sixteenth.

When the green came out it was Anthony Campi who took the first spot. Campi held the lead when the second caution came out for a spin by Robert Yoho. As the field headed into turn three for the restart Campi fired but the drivers were clearly told in the drivers meeting they were not to fire until turn four. The yellow came out and Campi was sent to the rear. Campi’s problems did not end there as later in the race something broke in the back of car sending his rear-end askew taking him out with a fifteenth place finish.

Tim Russell and Todd Allen battled back and forth for the lead while behind them Jessie Dutilly had made his back towards the front, but as he went to go underneath Steve Dorer he made contact sending Dorer around in a cloud of Hoosier Tire smoke. Dutilly once again was sent to the back of the pack.

Tim Russell took over the lead and began to pull away in a long green flag stretch Allen had slid back to second while Scofield had battled his way back into third. During the run Dutilly came back up through the field to get back into the top five.
Out of nowhere Allen spun on his own brining out the yellow and bunching up the field. Scofield would start on the outside of Russell but the 36 car was strong on the start and back into the lead. But it wasn’t over yet.

Several more cautions would bring the field together and on the last restart the crafty veteran Scofield was able to get his nose under Russell and muscle his way into the lead and the victory. Russell would come home in second. The never quit Dutilly came home third, fourth was Bobby Good and fifth across the stripe was Steve Dorer.

Hernandez Repeats in DeSoto Pro Trucks

April 20th, 2011

(Bradenton, Fl) Another night of beautiful spring Florida weather greeted the fans and racers for a night of stock car racing at ASA sanctioned DeSoto Super Speedway.

Pro Trucks

Nick Hernandez once again showed his dominance in the DeSoto Pro Trucks as for the second week in a row he came from the back of the pack for the second week in a row to claim the win. Racing heated up through out the field. Dave Davis and Bruce Bennett were battling for position and coming out of turn four the duo made contact. Davis made contact with the front stretch wall while Bennett had the from body panels flapping in the breeze. Under the caution Bennett showed his displeasure with Davis by slamming into him, Davis returned the favor and both drivers were black flagged. Henandez took the green and cruised to his second win in as many weeks. Dennis Colletti who has improved week after week finished second, third was Gerald Campbell, fourth across the stripe was Cheyenne Hammond and fifth went to Cory France.

Bombers

“The Punisher” Michael Crooks has suffered his woes in the past few weeks after a strong start to the season. This week would be a different story as Crooks had the 33x machine hooked up and cruised to the victory. John “the Mayor” Stewart would get around Jimmy Best for the second spot, fourth was Steve Elder with Randy Spicer taking fifth. The Pro-Figure 8’s return to ASA sanctioned DeSoto Super Speedway after a long hiatus April 23rd along with the Open Wheel Modifieds plus a full card of racing action. Gates open at 5 racing at 7 sharp.

Ernest Helfrick Notches another School Bus Figure 8 Win @ DeSoto

April 9th, 2011

(Bradenton, Fl.) The Wild and Crazy School Bus Figue 8’s were the headliner for this week ASA Sanctioned racing at DeSoto Super Speedway. Sixteen buses strong rolled out for the twenty five lap feature and the fans were not denied the close action at the X.

Lap after lap the field strung out which made the action heat up at the intersection. The drivers were sometimes three and four wide battling positions. The entire distance was run under the green with many time winner Ernest Helfrick taking the checkers but as the second place bus of veteran figure 8 racer Wayne Calkins crossed the finish line he was still full throttle headed toward the X and with a loud thud collided with another bus coming from the other direction. Safety crews were right on the scene and to the cheers of the fans both drivers climbed from their damaged rigs.

Jerome “Sideways” Watland had an outstanding run for third, Mike Gamache finished fourth and fifth was Mark Jackson.

Open Wheel Modifieds

“The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson dominated the twenty five lap feature for the open wheels but it was “Shake and Bake” Dalton Baldwin who drove his ride deep into turn three on the inside of Mike Birk Jr. to take the second spot. Don Skaggs would finish fourth and fifth was Mary Wright.

Wayne Anderson wins Hoosier Elite Series Late Models

March 19th, 2011

Bradenton,Fl. ASA racing returned to the high-banks of DeSoto Super Speedway with the Hoosier Elite Series Late Models. Fifteen year old Matt Tifft from Hinckley, Ohio would start on the pole but it wasn’t long before Jeff Scofield who started on the outside of the front row jumped out to the lead with Wayne Anderson into second.

It wasn’t long before the lead duo would put on a clinic of late model racing as they went side by battling for the lead for fifteen plus laps before Anderson would take over the top spot. Anderson would cruise to the win with Scofield finishing second, third would be Jessie Dutilly, fourth across the stripe was Icebreaker winner Anthony Campi and rounding out the top five was Joe Boyd.

Sportsman

Steve Gainey returned to DeSoto in a big way as he took the win in the ever popular Sportsman class. Mark Peterson finished second, third was Timmy Lowe, fourth was Greg Krom and fifth Duane Best.

Bombers

Once again the Bomber class had the fans on their feet as the final laps came down to side by side door handle to door handle racing for the lead between “The Punisher” Michael Crooks and Steve Elder. Crooks was going for the hat trick looking for three wins in a row but Elder would have none of it as he edged Crooks out at the stripe by a bumper. Jimmie Best would finish in the third position, fourth across the stripe was John Stewart and fifth went to Jerome Watland.

Campi’s Patience Pays off with Icebreaker Win

March 1st, 2011

Bradenton, Fl. The Icebreaker race has been a main stay at ASA sanctioned DeSoto Super Speedway for over thirty years and it would be fitting that this race would be the kick-off for the new Florida United Promoters Late Model Series.

Twenty-five of some of the best late models lined the infield for qualifying for the 100-lap feature. When the final checkered flag fell for time it was local favorite Jessie Dutilly topping charts with fast time. Dutilly would run in the top five early in the feature but a front brake problem would send him into the pits. He would return and battle back for a twelfth place finish. Steve Dorer, Tim Russell, Anthony Campi and Justin Larson would round out the top five.

When the green dropped it was Steve Dorer out front but it wasn’t long before Jeff Scofield would muscle his way around on the outside and take over the top spot.

Several laps later Dorer would pull into the infield and the crowd gasped as his car suddenly burst into flames. Although there was a lot of fire Dorer was able to quickly escape and the flames were extinguished. Dorer would end up twenty-second on the night.

Tim Russell would use the same outside groove and get by Scofield for the lead. Russell would pull away to almost a ¾ of straightaway lead as Scofield and Campi battled for second. Campi would eventually make the pass and set his sights on Russell.

Several cautions would put second place Campi on the outside of the leader Russell for the double file restarts but each time the crafty Russell would be on his game and get a good jump to hold onto the top spot.

With just a handful of laps left the yellow came out for the last time and this time Campi would stay right with Russell on the start. The top two would go into turn one side by side and when they came out of two Campi was the new leader and would hold on to take the win. Russell would finish second and in his post race interview said he had spun the tires on the final restart. Jeff Scofield in the familiar #92 of Dick Anderson came home in third. Anderson was the winner of the first Icebreaker in 1980. Anthony Sergi came from his ninth starting spot to finish fourth and in fifth would be Justin Larson.

The Florida United Promoters Late Model Series next race will be Auburndale Speedway on March 19th.

TBARA results from DeSota Super Speedway

June 24th, 2010

BRADENTON, Fla. – Mickey Kempgens proved to be the perfect substitute driver in George Rudolph’s purple No. 68 Saturday night at DeSoto Super Speedway as he led wire to wire to garner his first 30 lap TBARA sprint car feature event of the season.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Kempgens took advantage of not having to work traffic in the early laps and quickly built a lead over fifth starting point leader Shane Butler as the 15 car field worked the high banked 3/8 mile oval. Ben Fritz challenged Butler early on as the top three spots were providing much of the closest action.

The first of two yellow flag waved on lap 13 as a couple of backers got together but were able to restart. Meanwhile up front, Fritz worked by Butler and set his sights on leader Kempgens. Five laps later the second of two cautions regrouped the field with the green flag back in the air to start lap 19. Kempgens was up to the task and quickly rebuilt his lead as Fritz and Butler continued their battle running second and third. As the laps wound down Butler worked by Fritz for second and began to reel
in Kempgens but it was not to be as Kempgens checkered first over Butler, Fritz, Bo Hartley and Larry Brazil, Jr. Kempgens’ victory was the third this season for owner Rudolph who’s regular driver, Troy DeCaire, was racing in the Midwest.

Heat race victories went to Bo Hartley and Dakotah Stephens. The series is idle until July 30 and 31 when a Friday-Saturday doubleheader will go at Orlando Speed World and New Smyrna Speedway.

TBARA from Desota

April 21st, 2010

BRADENTON, Fla. – Veteran Sonny Hartley drove around Tommy Nichols on lap 16 and sped to his first TBARA feature victory in several season Saturday night’s 30 lap sprint car headliner at DeSoto Super Speedway.

Things got off to a rough start in the feature when outside front row starter Dakotah Stephens broke an axle and spun in front of the field on the first lap. The ensuing melee took out point leader Shane Butler, Dude Teate, Troy DeCaire and Stephens.

When the green waved following the clean up it was pole sitter Steve Heisler out front with Hartley, Tommy Nichols and Johnny Gilbertson in tow. Nichols quickly worked around Hartley for second but a caution waved on lap five when leader Heisler looped his mount to put Nichols in front over Hartley.

The field reformed and it was Nichols the point man but Hartley was on his game this night and kept the pressure on before making a pass for the lead on lap 16. Once in front it was no contest as Hartley motored away until a yellow waved for debris on lap 28. The offending trash was removed from the racing surface and Hartley never looked back, taking his No. 27 to the checkers ahead of Nichols, Larry Brazil, Jr., Bo Hartley and Ben Fritz.

Heat race victories went to DeCaire and Gilbertson.

Team Car Warz Opens 2010 Season Saturday at Desoto Super Speedway

April 8th, 2010

Bradenton, FL.  This Saturday, April 10, at Desoto Super Speedway the first of the new series Team Carz will hold their debut event.  This event is being filmed by Film Garden for a National TV pilot show.Don Nerone, owner of the new Team Car Warz, said “I am very excited about this Saturday night at Desoto Super Speedway.  I know the fans won’t be disappointed and we have a great night planned for everyone.  There will be plenty of action for every diehard Crash fans.”

On the schedule for Saturday night at Desoto Super Speedway will be Appliance Race, Boat/Trailer Race, Skid Cars, Figure 8 School Bus race, Roller Derby, Demolition Derby and an Enduro. For more information on the events will call Chuck Rush at 386-527-0287.  Racing will start at 7:30 pm.
The following week, April 17, Team Car Warz will move to Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia.

On Saturday, April 10th, the pit gate at Desoto Super Speedway will open at 2 pm with grandstands opening at 5 pm.  General Admission is $20.00, kids 6 to 12 $5.00, children under 5 FREE.
Remember, Film Garden will be there Saturday to film the event so bring your best smile and show your fun to the cameras.
For more information on Team Car Warz go to www.crash-a-rama.com.  For information on Desoto Super Speedway go to www.desotosuperspeedway.com.

Results from TBARA at Desoto Super Speedway

March 30th, 2010

BRADENTON, Fla. – Larry Brazil, Jr. held off the late race challenges of Dude Teate to win Saturday night’s 30 lap TBARA feature event at DeSoto Super Speedway.

Pole sitter David Retzlaff hustled into an early lead over Johnny Gilbertson and Brazil but the first yellow of the night waved on lap six for D.J.Hoelzle’s flat tire. On the restart it was Retzlaff still in commad but Brazil had taken up the challenge with Teate a close third. Less than a lap was complete before Tommy Nichols jumped a wheel of Shane Butler’s No. 18 and ricocheted hard into the outside wall to bring out the red flag. Nichols was unhurt but finished for the evening.

The green waved to begin lap seven with Retzlaff, Brazil and Teate in line at the front but Sonny Hartley’s mount shredded a right rear tire and the yellow waved once again. On the restart Brazil got a jump on Retzlaff and made the pass for the lead into turn one with Teate gaining the runner up spot.

Brazil continued to pace the event but Teate shadowed his every move looking for a way past. Finally, on lap 23 Teate used a lap car as a pick and took the top spot only to have the yellow wave for the spinning car of Joey Aguilar. The lineup revered back to the last green flag lap and Brazil went back in front over Teate, Butler and Bo Hartley.

The last seven laps were without incident and Brazil scored his first victory of the season. Teate claimed runner up money over Butler, Bo Hartley and Ben Fritz. Aguilar recovered to checker sixth ahead of Retzlaff, Steve Heisler, Jimmy Alivs and Gilbertson.

Heat races were won by Brazil, Butler and Retzlaff.

The 2010 tour’s next event is back at DeSoto on Saturday, April 17.

Team Car Warz and Film Garden Join Forces for New Reality Show

March 7th, 2010

Lake City, FL – It was officially announced today that Don Nerone and Chuck Rush of Team Car Warz (formerly known as Crash-A-Rama) and Film Garden have contracted together to do a pilot for a national TV Reality Show.

Film Garden, out of Van Nuys, California, has been around since 1994, over sixteen years. They have produced more than 200 hours or programming including prime time network specials, prime time reality series, daytime strip series, and documentary specials for a number of networks including ABC, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, FOX, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel,
Discovery Health Channel and MSNBC.

The pilot for the new Team Car Warz will be filmed April 10th at 7:30 pm at Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Events to be included are an Appliance Race, Boat/Trailer Race, Skid Cars, Figure 8 School Bus race, Roller Derby, Demolition Derby and an Enduro. For more information on the events will call Chuck Rush at 386-527-0287.

The following week, April 17, Team Car Warz will move to Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia. Events for that night will be announced soon.

Team Car Warz will see two shows in New York, three shows in Pennsylvania, two in Georgia, one in Ohio, one in Virginia, one in North Carolina and two in Florida. More dates will be announced later on thru the new website being built for Team Car Warz.

If you have any questions about upcoming races and events, please contact Chuck Rush. For more information on Film Garden go to http://www.filmgarden.tv.

See ya April 10th at Desoto Super Speedway for the first of many Team Car Warz and the new reality show.

Tim Russell Wins Icebreaker 100 at Desoto Super Speedway

February 25th, 2010

CONCORD, NC – You can measure the strength of an athlete’s determination on how quickly they can pick himself up after a letdown. Tim Russell showed just how determined he is when he went from an emotional low to an emotional high in just a matter of days on the Florida Late Model racing scene. Russell wrecked out of the Pete Orr Memorial 100 last Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). For Russell, it was the second car that he had banged up in three nights and a trip to the Icebreaker 100 at Desoto Super Speedway (FL) looked to be impossible. Not only did the Russell crew get the car back together to race this past weekend though, they also excelled at the event – where they won the pole, started third and dominated the race to walk away with the victory.

“That thing was fast right off the trailer,” said Russell. “The guys worked hard all week putting this one back together. We had to put a new nose on it from Speedweeks. We went out in qualifying on Saturday and we put it on the pole and took an invert of three. I think we took the lead at lap 22 and led on from there to the win. I mean all the guys worked hard and the Insurance Offices of America Chevy was fast all weekend, it’s great to rebound like that.”

Russell held off a star-studded field that included the likes of Jeff Choquette, Justin Larson, Stephen Nasse and race runner-up Anthony Campi. It was extra special not only to race, but also to be able to reward the crewmembers who have spent countless hours working on his IOA Chevy.

“The biggest thing is to get out of the car and see all of the smiles of the guys that work on your team who have been putting all of the effort into everything. It’s definitely fun for me when they give me a car that fast, it makes it easy and fun to drive. ”

Russell will return to Desoto for another Late Model event on March 13th as plans for the rest of the 2010 season are up in the air at the current moment.

For more information on Tim Russell contact Elgin Traylor at elgin@51sports.net. Also, check out his website at http://www.timrussellonline.com/

TBARA Race Results

February 16th, 2010

BRADENTON, Fla. – Bo Hartley notched his second 30 lap TBARA feature victory during the four race winter tour on a bitterly cold Saturday night at DeSoto Super Speedway.

Hartley started the main event fourth in the 23 car field while outside front row starter D.J.Hoelzle powered his self-built mount into the lead at the drop of the green with a snarling field on their heels. The action on the track was anything but cold as the winged speedsters worked the highbanked oval with close action throughout.

As the laps wound down Hoelzle had Hartley hot on his tail with Joey Aguilar, up from seventh, a close third. With six laps to go Hartley made his move on Hoelzle to wrestle away the top spot. Hoelzle stayed on the hammer to maintain second in front of Aguilar and they crossed the strip in close formation ahead of Shane Butler and Dude Teate in the caution free run.

Heat race wins fell to Tommy Nichols, Bo Hartley and Aguilar. For winning his heat race and the main event Hartley collected the Steele Performance Parts Sweep award, the first time its been done this seasons.

Results of TBARA event at DeSoto Super Speedway

June 11th, 2009

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Area Racing Association was back in action Saturday night for the first time since mid April and they put on a dazzling display on the high banks of DeSoto Super Speedway. Former serieschampion Bo Hartley had everything working to perfection this night as he heldoff David Steele for his first victory of the season in the 30 lap caution
free headliner.

Hartley began his run from the seventh slot in the 23 car field as Tommy Nichols hustled to the lead in his No. 55 at the drop of the green flagwhile those behind him sliced and diced for position. Hartley overhauled Nichols for the top spot on lap 11 but behind him Joey Aguilar, Steele and Troy DeCaire were fighting their way forward.

While Hartley was putting good distance on the field Steele worked past Aguilar for second and began his now familiar rundown of the leader. In the closing laps it looked like Steele might pull off yet another late race victory, but Hartley was up to the challenge and held off Steele for a close victory. Aguilar checkered third ahead of Shane Butler and DeCaire. Heat race wins went to Larry Brazil, Nichols and Aguilar.

The TBARA ’09 Tour next races at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola on Friday, July 10 then travels west to Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Ala. the following night. It will mark the first time in 25 years that TBARA has visited the high banks of Five Flags and the two lightning quick tracks should provide an exciting show for the Gulf Coast race fans.

Champion Park looks forward to Opening Weekend

March 7th, 2009

Minden, LA Champion Park Speedway (CPS) will open their 2009 racing season on Saturday, March 7, 2009.  The track will open at 3 P.M. and racing will start at 6 P.M.

The track owners, Roger and Annette Walker, have spent the off season making track improvements, including widening the racing surface.  The opening event will include racing the normal weekly classes; factory stocks, southern hot stocks, limited modifieds and modifieds.  Drivers can print the driver’s registration form from the CPS website.

CPS has some exciting events scheduled for the 2009 racing season including the SUPR Late Models making their first appearance at the track for the 2009 season on Saturday, March 21.  For a full schedule of events visit the track website at www.championparkspeedway.net.

Desoto Super Speedway Kicks Off ASA SAT’s Deep South Region

February 23rd, 2009

ATHENS, GA – The birth of a new season for the RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour will commence in just a matter of days. On February 28th the tour will be at the Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton, Florida, for 100 laps of action. Two drivers who come from different backgrounds will be looking for the same results, a victory. Both CJ Faison and Travis Wilson are eager to start their 2009 campaigns.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Faison. “We hope to have lots of success in 2009. We’re hoping to run the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour all season long. I have never been to Desoto, but I am looking forward to it.”

It will be like coming home for Seaford, Delaware’s Faison who takes online classes at Bradenton Preparatory Academy, which is in the same town as the Desoto Super Speedway. Plans are for the 15-year-old to take part in a media day at the school. Several of his classmates will then be going to the track on Saturday to cheer him on.

“That a pretty cool coincidence that we’ll be racing in the same town as the Bradenton Prep School,” said Faison. “I log on in the morning and work on English, History, Math and Social Studies. It’s a big help with my racing career, because I don’t have to take so much time off for my racing.”

Florida native Travis Wilson has been to Desoto several times and hopes to start his 2009 season off on the right foot. He likes the chance to race with the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour because of the different engine combinations you can run. The Super Late Model driver can run his 9:1 motor with a two-barrel and be competitive.

“We have got a brand new hot rod that we’re going to start the season out with down there,” said Wilson. “We’re going to run the rest of the season down there. It’s probably the main track I’ll run at this year with that Hoosier Elite Series.”

The 2009 regular season will kick off at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on March 27th as the first leg of a doubleheader. The second race will be held at Mobile International Speedway (AL) on March 28th. For more information on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour and the full season schedule, please visit www.asasoutheast.com/.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding ASA SAT, contact John Kee by emailing him at j.kee@charter.net and be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is sanctioned by the American Speed Association. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed AssociationR including the ASA Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed AssociationR, visit http://www.asaracing.com/> .

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ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Adds Second Race For Desoto Super Speedway (FL)

January 21st, 2009

Event Will Count for Regional Points While Serving as Non-Points Show for Overall Standings

ATHENS, GA – The fast growing RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour has grown by one more race date. Florida’s Desoto Super Speedway will host not one, but two ASA SAT events this season with the announcement of a season-opening event on February 28th. The Tour will also return to Desoto on October 10th for one of the final events of the 2009 chase for the Championship.

The February 28th event will not count in the season-ending standings, but it will count in the regional point standings. Regional schedules for the 2009 Tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

On October 10th the Tour’s return engagement at Desoto will be a TV race at the high-banked speedway in Bradenton, Florida. That event will count for the season-ending Tour Championship. The race will be one of their seven race runs to the 2009 Championship, which will wrap up as a part of the North South Shootout at the Concord Motorsport Park (NC).

The full 18-race schedule can be seen at the Tour’s website at www.asasoutheast.com. The first points’ race of the 2009 season will be part of a weekend doubleheader. On March 27th the Tour will be at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The following night the Tour will shift to the Mobile International Speedway in Alabama for the second leg of their weekend doubleheader.

For more information on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, please visit www.asasoutheast.com http://www.asasoutheast.com/

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding ASA SAT, contact John Kee by emailing him at j.kee@charter.net, and be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association, visit www.asaracing.com.

Advance Auto Parts Pro Trucks head to Desoto Super Speedway September 5th

September 5th, 2008

Going into Saturday’s race, Logan Bordeau holds the points lead over Barry
Bartlett. George Gorham, Jr. stands third in points followed by Scott Bishop in fourth. Rounding out the top ten are Kevin Henry, Mark Evans, Keith Lilley, Tyler Laing, Clinton Clark and Ricky Moxley.

For more information on the Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck Series go to
www.fascartours.com

For information on pit gate opening time, racing schedule and admission
prices please call Desoto Super Speedway at 941-748-3171.

A Night of Honor at Desoto Super Speedway

August 21st, 2008

The Champ Karts honored the late Don MacCalla of Tampa. They raced to his honor and the special guest of the night was his daughter Lorrie who drove the #68 Champ Kart to the finish line. After the feature race a big group of the Champ Kart family had a photo taken at Victory Circle to preserve the memory. What a great group of people.

Also honored was Pete Craccolicci. Pete recently passed away and was well know in the racing circuit. He was a racer and the flag man on turn one at Sunshine Speedway. When Sunshine closed he moved on to Citrus County. His family has been having difficult times. The class act drivers at Desoto decided to go into the stands and pass around their helmets for donations to Petes family. They collected quite a sum of money and we hope that it will help the Craccolicci family. The drivers who passed their helmets were Mike Crooks, John Stewart, Chad Cushing, Ken Smith, Steve Elder, Rodney Alverez. We thank you guys for being the class drivers you are.

The action started with 2 Champ Kart 8 lap heat races. The Thundering Herd showed up in force and put on quite a show. The feature race was really exciting with the #99, #44, #08 and #22 running side by side and drafting for many laps. There were 2 big accidents, one involving 3 karts and the wall. Tara Henderson in the #44 Kart went to victory circle and took the huge trophy. The Thundering Herd will be returning to Desoto Super Speedway very soon.

The Outlaw Sportsman came up next with two heat races of their own. Later, the Budweiser Outlaw Sportsman Feature outlived the 4 yellow flags and Cliff Steinman in the #23 car claimed victory circle rights. Doug Hopper in the #15 was second and third place belonged to Roy Campbell in the #91.? Doug Hopper started the race in the 7th position and drove his way to second.

It was then time for all of us to take our blood pressure medicines, place our hands over our hearts, get down on our knees?.cause? it?s Showtime at Desoto. The Rockem Sockem bombers blasted their way onto the oval circle. What a thriller race.? After starting in the 6th position Michael The Punisher Crooks won the checkered flag n his #33 car.? Steve ?The Hammer? Elder took a very tough 2nd in the #42, and John The Crusher Stewart took 3rd in the #02. It was an awesome show.

The Street Stocks and Sportsman took the track by storm. Jimmy Best, of Sarasota, started in the 12th position drove over and around to a great win. Roger Welch of St. Petersburg, started 7th, came in 2nd in the 98 Car. James Nanney of Bradenton, took 3rd. this was a great race to watch as the drivers really got after it and it was petal to the metal all the way.

Pure Stocks turned out in a big way. Robert Crisp honored his Father by dedicating this race, from victory circle, to his father who had sudden health problems the past week. Robert drove an exceptional race to come from the 4th starting position to win it for his Dad. Anthony Easton in the great looking #90 car brought home 2nd. Third place was taken by Richard Sheppard in the #30 car.

The Magic 4s took care of business next. After several spinouts and and lots of mud on the track Alex Patten of St. Petersburg was the winner in the #13 car. Alex drove a hard nosed race and it paid off for him. On Alexs bumper all race was Jessica O Ostrovskis of St. Petersburg who came from a starting place of 4th to come in second, by inches. Zac Campilonga of Bradenton came in 3rd. Jo Ann Danielson 11 years old, who started only her second race made great improvement and is learning the ropes.

The perfect ending to a perfect night who else but The Super Late Models. This was a 4 car inversion of a field of 15 cars, and it only took two yellow flags to get the first lap in. There was a total of 7 yellow flags for this 125 lap feature. The action packed race saw tremendous driving and red-hot speed. The winner was Chris Fontaine in the #47 car. Anthony Cami in the #81 car drove to 2nd place. Third place miraculously belong to Robert Yoho. After leading the race, spinning out and having to go to the back, Robert Yoho drove to an unbelievable 3rd spot. David Wilson lead for many laps but spun out with only seven laps to go, and was sent to the back. The pace was fast and furious, and the action never stopped as there always seemed to be a pack of cars on the leaders bumper.

Join us next Saturday at 7 PM for another evening of family fun and racing at The South?s Fastest Short Track, Desoto Super Speedway.

Florida Mini Stock Challenge heads to Desoto Super Speedway June 14

June 12th, 2008

Leading the points thus far this year is Mason Love but Love has little room
to take it easy as Mike Birk, Jr. is right on his tail for the
championship. Brandon Strevels stands third in points followed by Cody Blair. Topping out the top ten in points is Mitchell Webb, Jonathan Camp, Steve Griffin, Mark Powers, Rex Christensen, and Matt Perkins.

Be sure to be at Desoto Super Speedway this Saturday for plenty of Mini
Stock action. For race information for Saturday, go to
www.desotosuperspeedway.com. For information on the Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series go to www.fascartours.com.

Justin Larson Owns Limited Race at DeSoto

May 31st, 2008

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

Justin Larson took his brand new racecar to the front and never looked back as he cruised to the victory. “We practiced Thursday and really have this car dialed in,” said Larson. Several cautions slowed the field and Joe Winchell gave it his all closing in and challenging for the top spot but Larson was able to hold him off and pull away. Winchell would settle for the second spot.

James Glover would top off his three-race night with a solid third place finish with Dustin Chisholm and Patrick Staropoli battling for the fourth spot with Chisholm taking it.

Mod-Mini Shoot Out

James Glover hopped into the ride of Marty Niekins and took it to the winner’s circle in the fifty-lap Mod-Mini shoot out. Everyone’s eyes though were on points leader Brian Dorer as he would be sent the rear of the pack but he would rub, slice and his dice his way back towards the front several times and would end up in third spot behind a great running Mitch Webb. Finishing in the fourth spot was fast qualifier Dustin Perez with Glen Kelley took fifth.

Street Stock Shoot Out

Greg Krom not only the fast qualifier for the fifty lap feature but also took the feature win. Behind the winner Krom, Joey Barnes took the second spot, third went to Max Bennett, and fourth across the stripe was James Nanney. The race though was farther back in the pack between “Chucky” Ramsey and Todd Freed Jr. battling for the fifth spot, Freed wore out the back bumper of Ramsey but Chucky was able to hold him off for the fifth spot.

Pure Stocks

James Glover was the winner in the Pure Stock feature after “the Silver Bullet” Randy Johnson was Dqed in the post race inspection. Finishing in the second spot was Chelsea Lau. This was Lau’s first visit to the winners circle and when it came to her turn she said, “I’m not used to not being lapped” as the crowd cheered her on. Third was Troy Meredith, fourth went to Robert Crisp and fifth Anthony Easton.

Two Young Guns Bring Home Wins at Desoto Super Speedway

May 8th, 2008

The magic 4’s were up first and had a great surprise when they learned they would get to run on the full track, rather than on the smaller track in the middle. The magic 4’s are the kid’s class, ranging from ages 12 – 17.
The driver to beat that night was 16 year old Jessica Ostrovskis, who has won the last 3 races in a row, and is currently the point’s leader. It was also announced that when the magic 4’s get more then 1 win in a row, they start adding 25 lbs of weight to the car for each consecutive win after that to give the other kids a fighting chance to beat them. Jessica would start the race with an extra 50lbs of weight.

First season driver, #21 Mark Bartimac started on the pole, with the #81 of Brittany Barr on his outside. When the green flag dropped, Mark took off like a rocket. Brittany held on to second, fighting off the #13 of Alex Patten, and the #91 of Jessica. The battle continued throughout the entire 15 laps of this race between the top 4 cars. Brittany did a great job staying in the outside lane and kept swapping positions with Jessica. Towards the end, Alex Patten was able to get out ahead of everyone and win the race. Jessica finished second, while Mark finished 3rd.

This was a special win for Alex, as he is getting ready to celebrate his 14th birthday this week.

When the race was over, we had all of the magic 4 drivers pull onto the front stretch, and gave them all a chance to thank their sponsors and the fans.

Wayne Morris Inherits the Win after David Wilson Disqualified in Tech

April 23rd, 2008

David Wilson got the fast time in qualifying, followed by Wayne Morris, and Cody Pitts. Before the start of the race, there was a 5 car inversion, putting the #19 of Kevin Macy on the pole. After the green flag dropped, David Wilson quickly made his way through the field to take the lead. Following close behind was the #21 of Ronnie Skipper, the #56 of Morris, and the #19 of Macy.

By lap 37, Wilson had a sizeable lead on the rest of the field, but everyone else were still nose to tail, battling for position. Lap 40 brought out the 4th caution of the night with some fluid on the track. The #19 was checked out, but was found to be ok. On the restart, Wilson charged ahead of the field once again. By lap 50, the #83 of Wilson was a good 15 plus car lengths ahead of the field, until the #5 of Steve Gill got real loose coming out of turn 2 and spun out on the back stretch. By lap 75 the battle to watch was mid-pack between the #46 of Doug Moff, the #98 of Lonny Miller, and the #81x of AJ Isbister, all banging door to door, sometimes 3 wide. Lap 78 brought out the 6th caution of the night, and on the restart, the #56 of Morris was able to stay with Wilson for a while.

The 7th caution of the night was caused by the #12 car of Mike Franklin JR, when he connected with the wall in turn 2 hard. His night was over.

On the restart, the #5 car of Steve Gill flew over the side of the #81x of Isbister. Both cars had to retire for the night after that collision.
The final restart of the night, lap 92, had heated battles going on throughout the field, especially mid pack again. Wilson was able to jump way out ahead of Morris and finished in 1st place. Unfortunately for Wilson, post race tech did not go well, and he was disqualified, giving the #56 of Wayne Morris the win for the night.

In the Magic 4 Class, 16 yr old Jessica Ostrovskis, brought home her 4th win of the year, and 3rd straight win. She also took over the points lead.

In the Desoto Trucks, Charlie Montgomery had the fast time in qualifying. Before the start of the 50 lapper, we had a 5 truck inversion, putting Gary Foxworth on the pole. Charlie Montgomery, the current point’s leader, led most of the race, but had to drop out near the end. Danny Anderson in the #50 brought home the win.

19 School Busses were on hand for some wild and crazy Figure 8 racing. The crowd loved the action with lots of close calls in the middle of the x. The #14 of Art Calkins and the #4 of Ernest Helfrick were battling for the lead until they collided over in turn 3, both slamming into the wall and ending their nights early.

This Saturday Desoto Super Speedway takes a night off of Stock Car Racing, but will have Truck and Tractor Pulls.

May 3rd Desoto Super Speedway will have Guitars and Stock Cars. You can enjoy a full night of racing action, PLUS a live Country Western Concert featuring: Eric Church, an up in coming artist with multiple hits currently on the radio.

TBARA Roars Back to DeSoto Super Speedway

March 22nd, 2008

The last race Super Man Dave Steele had the fans cheering over the engines as he made a last lap pass out of turn four to take the win by inches at the
line. “We expect a bigger field at DeSoto this race” Said TBARA President Lenny Puglio recently on Real Racin’USA. “The guy are getting the cars that had
problems during speedweeks back together.”

Along with the wild sprint cars will be a full card of racing action including the new “Sunstate Outlaw Street Stocks” Front gates open at 5 pm with racing at
7 sharp. For more information call the track at 941-748-3171.

Tate Pierce Holds Off Some Tough Competition In DeSoto Modifieds

March 21st, 2008

On hand for qualifying were some big names including Wayne Jefferson, Bobby Baldwin, Timmy Moore, James Glover, Ralph Bowman, and many more.

Timmy Moore was fast time qualifier and started the feature in 6th after the roll of the dice for the inversion. Teddy Nelson had a tough time in qualifying
with some mechanical issues on his brand new car. Tate Pierce started on the pole with Brian Rogers on the outside. Wayne Jefferson, the series points
leader, started 3rd with Sean McLaughlin on his outside.

When the green flag dropped, Tate got a good jump on the rest of the field, but soon had the Rocket Man, Wayne Jefferson challenging for the lead. Behind them the 4 car of Bobby Baldwin and the 57 of Moore were banging door to door for a bunch of laps.

About half way through the race, Wayne Jefferson made contact with the front stretch wall sending sparks flying through the air. After that, Wayne’s car would not handle well for him. On lap 58, Timmy Moore was able to get around
Jefferson to take over the 2nd spot with Baldwin soon following to take over 3rd position, with the 81 of Tate still holding on to the lead, but Moore inching closer and closer to his back bumper.

By Lap 75, Timmy Moore was doing everything he could to try to get by Tate without spinning him out. Lap 85 brought out the 4th caution of the night when
Ralph Bowman’s right front wheel goes flying over the fence and his car slams into the turn 2 wall. Ralph was running in 5th place at the time. On the restart, Timmy Moore and Tate Pierce are bumper to bumper and the battle continued. Bobby Baldwin continued to inch his way towards the 2 leaders while
Jefferson continued to fall back from Baldwin, but still being able to hold onto the 4th spot.

On lap 98 a hard crash into the turn 3 wall by the #8 of Chris Escott brought out the final caution of the night. Even worse than the hit, Chris’ car ignited
into flames instantly. Luckily the safety crew was right there to quickly get him out of the car and put out the fire.

Having a caution with only 2 laps to go would make for a Green, White, Checkered finish with Tate Pierce holding off Timmy Moore to bring home the win.

In post race comments, Tate said he had gained a few more grey hairs from having to deal with such tough competition, but also said it was a lot of fun. Timmy Moore was very happy with 2nd place and thanked the Pletchers for all the help they had given him on setting up the car.

DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY JOINS ASA MEMBER TRACK PROGRAM IN BID TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE

March 19th, 2008

“Every racetrack around the country is dealing with issues, what with the
economy, gas prices and all,” said John Sarppriacone, owner/promoter of the
Bradenton, Fla., based facility. “What we are looking at is the American
Speed Association partnership getting us ready for a bright future when
things do turn around. I know that there are a couple of people in the sport
using the ASA name, but I am confident that aligning with the authentic
American Speed Association is the right thing for our track and becoming
part of their nearly 40-year history of creating champions and developing
the stars of the future.”

“I am very excited about the ASA Member Track program and working with Dennis (Huth). He has a good attitude about short track racing, had something like 17 years of experience with NASCAR and has seen a lot more of the sport that I have. I am looking forward to working with him, learning from him, and being part of the American Speed Association,” Sarppriacone added.

Desoto Super Speedway has been in continual operation since it was
constructed in the early 1970s and is a 3/8-mile paved oval with 12 degree
banking through the turns. With seating for 5,000, the fans are able to see
a wide range of cars during the normal Saturday night program. The variety
of classes competing at Desoto includes Winged Springs, Open Wheel
Modifieds, Super Late Models, Turner Tree Landscape Limited Late Models, and
the new Sun State Outlaw Street Stocks which combines the Bombers, Street
Stocks and Pure Stocks into one division.

“The Sun State Outlaw Street Stocks will run a nine race series this year,”
explained Sarppriacone. “What we wanted to do was create some more
excitement around these classes and give them some longer races. I think
that this will be a popular new division for the fans and the competitors.”

Desoto Super Speedway has a comprehensive web site located at
www.DesotoSuperSpeedway.com which contains links to the upcoming schedule, past race results, news, weather and more. And in an effort to keep the customers returning to see something fresh, Sarppriacone has added a number of different events to the track schedule including drifting, tractor pulls, and Figure 8 School Bus races.

“We host the Florida state championships for the Figure 8 School Bus races
and every time they are on the schedule we get the biggest turnout in the
area. It is not uncommon to see anywhere from 14 to 19 busses on that tight
little track which creates so much action the fans go crazy,” Sarppriacone
said.

Sarppriacone has owned the racetrack since 2000 and said that he is looking
to the American Speed Association to help in a number of areas.

“We have to search every opportunity available to bring fans into the
stands. There are a lot of choices out there for people to spend their
entertainment dollars. I believe that the ASA Member Track Program can help
us obtain some additional recognition for Desoto. I am looking forward to
working with the other racetracks in the ASA for savings on the items that
we need and sharing the ideas for successful promotions. It is really
refreshing to see how all the different racetracks in the ASA are able to
work together and how everyone helps everyone else. And one of the biggest
reasons is the insurance package that the ASA Member Track program offers.
The insurance is really good – much better than what he have had on our own,
and it is important to look out for the drivers and give them the best we
can,” Sarppriacone explained.

ASA members in good standing are eligible for a $500,000 Excess Medical
Benefit as well as a $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit.
Coverage for the member begins while traveling to a location promoting an
ASA-sanctioned event and continues until arrival home again. The American
Speed Association is the only sanctioning body to offer insurance coverage
which extends beyond the boundary of the racetrack itself (complete details
are available online at www.ASA-Racing.com.

“It is an honor to add Desoto Super Speedway to the family of American Speed
Association Member Tracks given their history and prominence in the short
track world,” said Dennis Huth, president of Racing Speed Associates which
owns the American Speed Association. “John understands that he is partnering
with the real American Speed Association and feels that we are going to help
him continue to be a leader in the motorsports community. I am going to do
everything possible to make sure he gets more out of the ASA than he is
anticipating.”

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based ASA Racing Member Track
program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For
news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in
the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.

Blair and Gainey Find Victory Lane at Desoto Super Speedway for Florida Mini Stock Challenge and Southern Sportsman

March 4th, 2008

Fast Qualifier for the Florida Mini Stock Challenge was Chris Thornton but
it was Cody Blair who took home the win for his first win of the 2008 season.

Patrick Thomas, who blew a motor before time trails, quickly changed motors
and managed to qualify first for the Southern Sportsman race. But it was
Steve Gainey who crossed the checkered in front of Thomas. In spite of the low car count, only 14, racers were happy to see that the purse had been raised all the way thru the field for the Southern Sportsman with $1,000 to win and $225 for tenth. Tech was also improved before and after the race which made for a very happy field of cars.

“Hopefully with the new purse and better tech, this series will turn around
and become one of the best in Florida,” said second place runner Patrick
Thomas. “This should definitely help improve the series and bring in some old and new faces.”

The Florida Mini Stock Challenge and Southern Sportsman will move to
Columbia Motorsports Park on March 22 where the excitement continues. For rules and information on the two series, go to www.fascartours.com.

Florida Mini Stock Challenge and Southern Sportsman open 2008 March 1st

February 25th, 2008

“We are very excited about our opening race,” said Series Director Scott
Jackman. “We look forward to seeing a great field of both Mini Stocks and
Southern Sportsman at Desoto and a very exciting year for both series ahead of us in 2008.”

“This will be the first points race for both series and we have had alot of
good feedback from both Mini Stock and Southern Sportsman drivers. A lot of
our 2007 drivers will be back and also some new faces for 2008″, added
Jackman. “We have had the rules and schedules up for awhile on the web-site and that has helped the drivers plan their schedules and prepare their cars for a great 2008 season.”

Also on the progam at Desoto Super Speedway this coming Saturday will be the
Limited Late Model 100, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Cars of Yesterday.

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. with racing action at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the Florida Mini Stock Challenge and Southern
Sportsman Series, go to www.fascartours.com. For more information on Desoto Super Speedway, go to www.desotosuperspeedway.com.

Steele by a Wing in DeSoto Thriller

February 20th, 2008

This race would wrap up the Speedweeks challenge of 2008. Drivers who have crossed the finish line first were the last three years champions, 2005 Champion “Superman” Dave Steele winner of the opener at Citrus County Speedway, 2007 Champ Troy DeCaire in the first night of the dual races at New Smyrna followed by 2006 Champ Bo Hartley on the second night.

The huge crowd on hand was on their feet as the field spread out for the four wide salute to the fans. The excitement they felt as the sprinters went by the front stretch stands would be just half of what they would see in the thirty-lap feature event.

Sonny Hartley in the 27 would start from the point with the 1b of Brian Maddux on the outside. Steele would start on the inside of row five and DeCaire outside row six.

Hartley lead the field from the point on the drop of the green. Jimmy Alvis piloted the 21 past Maddux to take the second spot.

The first yellow came out for the 55 Tommy Nichols who sat stalled in turn four. The top five lined up for the re-start with Hartley leading, Alvis in the second spot, third was Maddux, fourth was former DeSoto TQ Midget Champion Mark Gimmler and fifth Larry J. Brazil.

When the field went back to green Gimmler was able to get around Maddux for the third with DeCaire also getting around for the fourth sliding Maddux back to the fifth position.

Frank Neill brought out the second yellow of the evening losing a rear wheel and going around in turn number two. Neill was able to climb out of his wounded ride and was done for the evening.

Hartley spun the tires on the drop of the green and had to burp the throttle. This miscue was all that was needed as Alvis and Gimmler made the pass on the backstretch and Hartley slid back to third.

Alvis pulled away to a comfortable lead but there was plenty of slicing and dicing from second back. DeCaire had made his way to the third spot but all eyes were on Steele who restarted in the eighth position. The Superman showed the crowd how he had earned the nickname as he used every inch of the racetrack to power his way to the front. DeCaire had no sooner made his way to the second spot when Steele was right there to take it away. He then began tracking down the leader and with three to go began looking for away around.

The fans in the stands were on their feet as Alvis used everything he had to keep Steele behind him. As they came to the white flag and dove down into turn one it looked like Steele had used it up and was going to settle for the second spot but just like Clark Kent coming out of the phone booth coming out turn four the “SUPERMAN” slung the 91 on the outside of Alvis and by the front wing at the stripe took the win.

In the winners circle Steele said” There wasn’t nothing about that that was easy, we had to scratch and claw”, “That was a little sweeter then some of them right there”.

Troy DeCaire with his third place finish gave himself and car owner George Rudolph the “SPEEDWEEKS CHALLENGE” win.

2ND FLORIDA 400 LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY

November 27th, 2007

The Florida 400 is the only 400 lap sprint car race in the world and the second richest pavement sprint car event as well. In order for a driver to stake claim to a Florida 400 victory he must battle twenty-nine other
competitors for 400 laps around the high banked 3/8 asphalt oval. He must also contend with heavy lapped traffic the entire night as well as completing two
mandatory pit stops.

Entries continue to pour in as Thursday’s opening practice draws near. Drivers from USAC, HOSS, TBARA, ASCS, and AVSS among others have already been
received. The entry list is headed by defending Florida 400 champion, Dave Steele, from Tampa , FL who also is a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion as well as the 2005 TBARA titlist. Other notables include 8-time Little 500 champion Eric Gordon, Bill Davis, Racing NASCAR development driver Bobby Santos III, and ASCS Rebel Region Champion T. J. Winegardner among
others. Santos III heads to Desoto Super Speedway fresh off of his Turkey Night sprint car win at Irwindale , CA and is considered an early favorite.

Long distance sprint car races in the state of Florida are nothing new. In the late 70′s 500 lap sprint car were attempted at the now defunct Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa and at the Orlando Speed World. Then again in’93 and ’94 two more Ill fated 500 lap sprint car races were contested at Charlotte County Motorsports Park in Punta Gorda. These long ago events were mere memories until the Desoto Super Speedway event was unveiled last December with huge success.

Action gets underway Thursday Nov.29 with an afternoon practice and qualifying the next afternoon. The thirty-car 400 lap event is scheduled to take the
green at 8PM Sat. Dec. 1, 2007 . For more information go to www.florida400.net or contact Jack Nowling at (727) 527-5078 as well as the Desoto Super Speedway
(941) 748-3171 for ticket info.

Florida’s first MODIFIED REUNION

November 18th, 2007

This will be an afternoon event during the Speedweeks activities on February 15th, 2008, on the day of the Richie Evans Memorial race. We have a restored Richie Evans Pinto coming, not only for display, but will pace the field for the 100 lap feature, a live radio broadcast hosted by RealRacinUSA, an Antique/Vintage racecar display, a Slot Car Speedway with races amongst these former racers, and interviews with all racers attending. A Souvenir Program will also be available the day of the Reunion.

This is an event for any asphalt or dirt Modified racers that started their racing career at least 25 years ago. It is 100% FREE for any driver, fan, or
restored/vintage racecars that would like to participate.

Please check our drivers list on a regular basis, as the list grows nearly every day. Some of these guys are Hall of Famers, and some never won a Feature in their careers… yet they are all equally important in the world of Stock Car racing.

For any drivers that would like to enter, or owners of Vintage racecars that would like to be on display, please see our registration pages. Your personal info will not be published. We would like this info for the participation roster in the Program and for interview purposes only.

Thank you for your interest in this project. It will be a ton of fun for all. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

For information: Jerry Binner, 407-702-3311 or seminolelifttruck@cfl.rr.com

Crisp by a Bumper over Lau in Outlaw Street Stocks

November 13th, 2007

Mike LaPlant led the early stages of the race but it didn’t take long for Robert Crisp to power the “Rocket Red Motorsports” machine to the front of the pack. Crisp had won the last race for the OSS’s at Charlotte the week before and was looking for two in a row.

DeSoto Pure Stock point’s leader Tyler Lau surprised everyone as he made his way up into the second spot. Earlier in the evening Lau lost a tire in the Pure Stock feature. As the tire flew over the fence and into the pits Lau made contact with the backstretch wall. Parts and gear lube were strewn across the track ending his run for the feature. But some heavy thrashing in the pit brought him out for the Outlaw race and up into the second spot.

Crisp kept his line as Lau sized him up for a pass but each time Crisp was able to foil the run. As the two crossed the stripe for the white flag Lau slung his car on the outside of the leader. Pulling him down the backstretch the two held their lines going into three. Coming out of four they touched and with the fans cheering and on their feet they were almost a dead heat at the line.

As the two pulled into the winners circle neither was sure who had won. “I don’t care who won that was a great race,” said Lau. The finish had to be determined by the video in the tower and by a bumper Crisp was declared the winner in an exciting finish. *note-official results were not available at the time of article.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

Todd Bontrager showed the way in his “Monster Energy Drink” truck in qualifying and the fifty lap Pro Truck feature taking the checkered flag. Stephen Nasse had a solid run for the second spot, third went to Travis Roland, and fourth was Gary Foxworth and fifth Nick King.

Manatee Lumber Bombers

Scott Dawley added another notch to his belt taking the win in the Bomber feature. Jerome “Slideways” Watland was going for his third win in a row but heavy contact with the backstretch wall ended that run. Second across the stripe was Bobby Frisch, third went to Rick Germony, fourth spot was John Stewart and fifth Steve Elder.

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“The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson led green to checkers for the win in the seventy-five lap feature. Early in the race John Sarppraicone Jr. broke something in the power steering sending fluid out on the track ending his night. Second place went to Timmy Moore, third was points leader Mark Nelson, fourth was Richie Shepard and in fifth Bobby Baldwin.

Scofield Nabs Third AACS Championship; McLeod and Scofield Winners in Twin 125’s

November 7th, 2007

M.J McLeod was fast qualifier for the rained out portion of the nights Twin 125 lap “Hoosier Cup” All American Challenge Series races. Following McLeod in the top five were David Pollen Jr., “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher, Jeff Scofield and Troy McNabb.

In qualifying for race number two (which would be the final race of the ’07 season) Anthony Campi surprised everyone by rolling out first on the grid and running a time that no one in the field was able to top. Following Campi in qualifying was McLeod, Pollen, Pletcher and Scofield. *Note; Scofield qualified the “Red” 07 machine, his back up car for race two.

The drama started early when the die roll for race number one was a four putting Scofield on the point. Several races this year saw Scofield drive away from the rest of the field after starting on the pole. But tonight he was given the option of starting from the rear of the pack for an extra $1,000 if he could win the race potentially giving him the chance to win $4,000 if he could cross the checkers first. Scofield accepted the challenge and dropped to the back of the pack.

The points leader put on a show as he weaved his way through the pack moving into the top five and closing in on the leader McLeod. When it looked like Scofield would easily take the $4,000 prize money a tire separated sending him head on into the turn one wall just before the 40 lap mark. The car was destroyed and ended his night.

B.J. McLeod was able to lead David Pollen Jr. to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. Pollen was able to close in to 102 points of Scofield
going into the second race by finishing second. Richie Anderson made his return to the seat with a solid run in the third spot, fourth went to Dave Pletcher and rounding out the top five was Anthony Campi.

Three came up on the die for race number two of the night putting second in points Pollen on the pole. He wasted no time in jumping out to the lead and pulled away from the field for most of the race. Early in the run it looked like Scofield was points racing as he waved Pletcher by happy with just a fifth place run. But this was the plan.

Just before the 100-lap mark Scofield began his run to the front. After giving B.J. a couple of bumps he was able to get around the second place car but still had a long run to catch the leader Pollen. But lap after lap he drew closer and on lap 116 was able to get by and cruise to his final win of the 07 season and take an unprecedented third championship.

Pollen who had a great season finished second on the track and in the championship run. Third went to McLeod, fourth was Joe Winchell and fifth Richie Anderson.

Attention All Car Clubs and Members

November 1st, 2007

Plenty of room is available for safe and secure trailer and tow vehicle parking, vendors-car coral and swap meet space, general parking, live music and comedy entertainment, kids corner for the children with games and rides and last but not least, incredible oval and drag racing events all packed into one fantastic weekend on February 9th and 10th 2008. There are over 12,000 hotel-motel rooms available within a 15-60 min drive of the show location at the track. Sarasota/Bradenton Airport is just 25 minutes away and the Tampa Airport is just about 50 minutes away from the track. RV and camper parking is plentiful within 5-30 minutes away with over 2,000 sites available.

For the ladies who have had enough of cars (although I don’t know how they could), the Prime Outlets of Ellenton is just 15 minutes away. Rated as one of the top 25 outlet shopping centers in the United States, you’re sure to find everything you could possibly want. The mall includes Coach Factory, Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Michael Kors, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Bath and Body Works, J. Crew, Perry Ellis Company Store, adidas, Starbucks Coffee and so much more. We are also located just 20 minutes away from some of the most beautiful blue water in the south. It’s perfect timing for all of you who live up north and are freezing at this time of year.

There will also be plenty of great food and beverages available on site throughout the weekend but there are so many great restaurants and fast food locations nearby, we couldn’t possibly name them all. Although many of the local businesses and restaurants will be honoring the car show wrist band as an automatic discount off your meals and other purchases.

Bradenton FL is just immediately north of Sarasota FL and just south of St.
Petersburg/Clearwater and Tampa FL. With miles of perfect beaches, the beautiful blue Gulf waters, and an incredible amount of attractions and activities nearby like St. Armands Circle, Ringling Bros Museum, Anna Marie Island, Clearwater Beach, Busch Gardens, The Mote Museum, fishing, golf, warm and sunny weather and all within about a hours drive or less of the race track, this could easily become a week long vacation along with this car show.

Ok, here are the show particulars:

Pre Registration Fee $45 (includes car and two people) for the weekend
Registration at the door $55 (includes car and two people) for the weekend
Registration Sunday Only $30 (includes car and two people)

Registration includes a beautiful Certified Registered Plaque with your Name, show registration number, your cars VIN number with year make and model of your show car, truck or bike honoring your part of the “Largest Car Show in American History” to be documented by Guinness Book of World Records. Pictures of your show vehicle under the Guinness Book of Records Sign will be available.

Pre-Registration for this event is highly recommended.

Club Parking, is available on first come first served basis and is likely to go
quickly so please call ahead for these locations.

We accept all years, makes and models of cars, trucks and even bikes. Customs, Hot Rods, Antiques, Classics, and restorations in progress in primer are all accepted WE WILL NOT ACCEPT JUNK, PLAIN JANES OR RUST BUCKETS! AN AVERAGE CAR WITH CHROME WHEELS AND TWO TONE PAINT DOES NOT CUT IT! Please use your common sense in this area. Registration attendants have the authority to refuse any vehicle that does not meet these equirements. If you’re not sure if your vehicle fits these requirements, pictures of questionable vehicles should be sent to marketing@desotosuperspeedway.com with subject line: Questionable cars.

General Admission $15 per adult $5 children 7-12 yrs old (6 yrs old and under FREE)

Although we can’t say who, but don’t be surprised if you see a couple of famous
celebs showing their own IRON at this spectacular gathering.

This event is sure to be the car show that sets the standard for all car shows
across the nation. You’ll definitely want to be part of this historic and documented event.

1st , 2nd, and 3rd, place Plaques and Trophies will be awarded in several categories.

We are sure to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the show so here are some of the limitations we must ask for the safety of everyone.

1) No Golf carts will be allowed in the show area. Only event staff, event transportation and event security will be allowed golf carts.

2) Pets will be allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times and must be cleaned up after with no exceptions.

3) No firearms, fireworks or any weapons of any kind are allowed. Drugs are strictly forbidden from the premises.

4) Families will have their children with them so we ask that foul language is kept contained and common courtesy is used.

We want this to be an unforgettable experience for everyone. If we work together this will surely be the end result and will offer wonderful memories to all who attend.

You and your show vehicle will go down in the history books. We look forward to
putting on a great show.

If anyone has special needs, please contact MJ Kane, Marketing & Promotions for the Desoto Super Speedway at 941-748-3171 or email your questions to
marketing@desotosuperspeedway.com . I hope you all can attend this wonderful event we are planning. Please pass the word on to everyone you know.

Weather Shortens DeSoto Racing Action

October 26th, 2007

B.J. McLeod top the field with his lap around the high-banked 3/8’s mile oval, second fast went to David Pollen Jr. who is running second in the points battle
for the championship. Former Champ “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher was third quick followed by points leader Jeff Scofield who was going for the “Hat Trick” third
win in a row and Troy McNabb taking fifth.

In Qualifying for the DeSoto Pro Trucks it was once again Travis Rowland taking fast time. Rowland is in a tight battle for the point’s race with Gary Foxworth trailing by a mere eight points. Charlie Montgomery ran a solid second fast with Todd Bontrager third, fourth Gary Foxworth and fifth Bill Manfull.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

The Pro Trucks rolled out just after intermission for their fifty-lap feature and with a roll of the die Bill Manfull started on the poll. Several laps into
the race the rains came brining out the red, parking the trucks in the infield with just twelve laps in the books. After trying to wait out the weather the rains just increased and the races were called. With only a few weeks left in the season the drivers were given the option of running a double points
double money race on the their next scheduled race or calling tonight’s race official. The vote went to the drivers and with twelve laps in the race was called official.

AACS

With one race already lost to rain this year the drivers were gathered in the tech shed for a meeting. The drivers were asked whether they wanted to run a
double points double money race ($6,000 to win $800 to start) or run twin 125 races. After a discussion it was put to a vote which went dead even. Another discussion and another vote ended the same way. It then went to a flip of the coin, heads double points double money tails twin 125′s the coin landed on tails. So on November 3rd the AACS will be running Twin 125 lap races with the possibility of one driver walking away with $6,000!!!

In other racing before the rains came:

Manatee Lumber Bombers

Jeff Firestine took the win in the Bomber division with his teammate Kenny Gibson in second, third was “The Punisher” Michael Crooks, fourth went to Dean
Butrum with Scott Dawley finishing fifth.

Manatee Lumber Pure Stocks

Robert Crisp recovered from last week’s mechanical problems to take the win in the twenty-five-lap Pure Stock feature. James Crawford Jr. crossed the stripe
in second, third went to Darrin “Icewater” Ellis, fourth was points leader Tyler Lau and fifth Blair Pontious.

Outlaw Modifieds

The Outlaw Modifieds always put on a great show at DeSoto and tonight would be no different as it went right down to the wire with John Parrish taking the
win. The battle for second was tight as Cliff Steinmann beat Doug Hopper by a bumper at the line for second, Hopper had to settle for third, fourth was
John Gilbert III and fifth William Campbell.

“Icewater” Ellis Dominates Outlaw Street Stock Race

October 19th, 2007

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Drew Brannon
Leads Wire to Wire in Good Year Challenge Series

Darrin
A zero pill was drawn in the pits leaving the field the way they qualified for the race. The drop of the green had Brannon and Larson going side by side for the first several laps. Larson would slip up and allow quite a few cars by before spinning in turn four. He came into the pits and returned starting from the rear of the field.

Brannon meanwhile was challenged several times for the lead by veteran racer Joe Winchell but was able to hold him off for the victory, Winchell was second, third went Curelli, fourth was Moff . Larson put on a show for the fans as he roared back to the front to take fifth.

Outlaw Street Stocks

Robert Crisp took fast time for the first running of the Outlaw Street Stock race at DeSoto but it was Darrin “Icewater” Ellis who dominated the feature race. Crisp had to retire early in the race as smoke began billowing from the rear end of his machine.

Ellis checked out and never looked back as he cruised to the win, second went “Dynamite” Dave Davis, Ricky Ballard Jr. finished third, fourth went to James Crawford Jr. and fifth across the stripe was Andrea Jackson.

Goodyear Challenge and Turner Tree Limited Lates join forces Saturday, October 13, at Desoto Super Speedway

October 14th, 2007

Each series will give their own points to the drivers but combining forces
should give the fans one heck of a field of Late Models.

Top ten in points for the Turner Tree Limited Late Models are Jesse Dutilly,
A.J. Isbister, Gus Coorssen, Lonny Miller, Dustin Chisholmk, Tim Grogan,
Steve Gill, Andrew Brannon, Joe Winchell and Raymond Folwell.

Top ten in points for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models are Doug Moff, Rich
Clouser, Darren Brown, Joe Winchell, Justin Larson, Drew Brannon, Daniel
Keene, Jr., Greg Kaouk, JR McMichael, and A.J. Curreli.

As anyone can see, some drivers are running both series and will gain
valuable points on Saturday. This just adds to the excitement of the night.

Racing starts at 7 pm.

Steele Wins First Annual Frank Riddle Memorial 50 “Big Al” Neumann takes First DeSoto Pro Truck Win

October 13th, 2007

Frank Riddle was a long time racer all over the state of Florida and a well-liked driver. Frank passed away earlier this year. The TBARA decided to put on this race and DeSoto was the perfect track to host it.

Twenty-nine cars signed in for the Saturday night event. Three heat races and a “B” Main led up to the Main event of the evening.

Heat race number one saw long time DeSoto competitor Gary Gimmler taking the win, second was Larry J.Brazil and third Bo Hartley.

David Slawiak won heat two; second across the stripe was point’s leader Troy DeCaire and third former DeSoto Open Wheel Modified champ D.J.Hoelzle.

Keith Butler was the winner for heat three with the First Lady of Florida Sprint Cars Wendy Mathis second and third Dude Teate.

The twelve lap “B Main” took six cars to the feature race. Stan Butler was the winner in that one, Mickey Kempgens was second, third was Ray Bragg.

Frank Riddle Memorial

The fans were on their feet as the field of twenty-four cars gave them the “Four Wide Salute to the Fans”. Then fell back into the “Missing Man”
formation to pay tribute to Frank Riddle.

The “Wild Child” dropped the green flag and the racing was on. You could hear the fans cheering over the high-powered sprint cars as they went two and three
wide throughout the field.

Keith Butler was the class of the field as he moved out to the top spot and began lapping the back of the field early in the race. All eyes though were on
“Superman” Dave Steele who was making his way up from his twelfth starting position. Early in the race Steele’s front wing was damaged and was barely hanging on changing the way the car handled. The effect of the wing did not seem to hamper the “Superman” as he made his way into the top five.

During a yellow Steele was stopped on the backstretch by the officials to check the condition of the wing and whether it would cause a safety concern. The officials determined it would not be a problem and the former USAC champ was allowed to return to his starting spot.

The red flag came out when the cars of Larry J. Brazil and Jim Alvis tangled on the backstretch with hard impact into the turn three wall. Tire marks down the wall showed how one of the cars actually left the ground. Donald Smith the backstretch flagman said “ I saw it start coming out of turn two and as I turned I saw one of the cars going over my head”. The crowd cheered as word came from the track that both drivers were ok and out of their cars.

After extended red flag for clean up the green was back out with Butler pulling away from the rest of the pack. As the laps wound down Steele was able to make his way to the second spot but just as it appeared there would be no way he could catch Butler, the leader suddenly slowed and pulled into the infield.

With a cheer from the crowd Steele took the lead and never looked back as he cruised to another exciting win. “I thought we finished second, I didn’t know the 18 car (Butler) had pulled off” said Steele in the winners circle. “Winning this race means a lot to me, I grew up watch Frank race all over the Tampa area and he was one of my Heroes”.

The Riddle family came out on to the front stretch to celebrate Steele’s victory. Frank’s son thanked the crowd, Don Rheem of the TBARA and John Sarppraicone for putting on the race and looking forward to next years event at DeSoto Super Speedway.

Brian Gingras had a solid run for the second spot, third across the stripe was Gary Gimmler, fourth went to Bo Hartley and rounding out the top five was Wendy
Mathis.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

“Big Al” Neumann has run at DeSoto for many years in several classes but this night he dominated a good field of trucks leading green to checkers to take his
first win in the fifty lap DeSoto Pro Truck feature.

Second went to Brent Huber but the story of the night was Travis Roland. Travis had his problems in the previous Truck race, was Dqed and had to start from the rear of the field. Two flat tires sent him into the pits twice forcing him to go back to rear for the green. He raced hard back to the front and took a well-deserved third spot. Fourth went to Gary Foxworth and fifth Stephen Nasse.

Rocketman gets Win, Cooper takes Championship in GCMS; Brittany Barr take First Magic 4 Win

September 23rd, 2007

Gulf Coast Modified Series

Coming into the final race of the tumultuous 2007 season for the Gulf Coast Modifieds it would go down to the wire to crown a Champion. Robbie Cooper and
Curtis Neumann came into the final race in a dead heat in the run for the crown.

The “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson easily took fast time for the night’s fifty-lap feature. Sean McLaughlin led the early stages of the race but had Jefferson right on his back bumper. The Duo went at it lap after lap until Jefferson was able to make the move and take over the top spot. Jefferson was able to pull away and went unchallenged for the rest of the run.

McLaughlin was running second with Chet Senokossoff running third. Behind them racing was heating up. John Sarppraicone Jr. had gotten around Neumann who had
Cooper in his rearview mirror as they all were battling hard for the fourth spot. Neumann gave Sarppraicone a bump move sending him around and bringing out the yellow. Both competitors were sent to rear of the field thus handing the championship to Cooper that was running sixth at the time.

When the smoke cleared it was Jefferson taking the win, McLaughlin was second third was Senokossoff, fourth was Robbie Cooper and fifth Lee Collins.

DeSoto Pro Trucks
Travis Roland came into the night leading the point if the DeSoto Pro Trucks and once again took fast time for the nights event. He would start twelfth on the field due to the rule of the previous winner and second place finisher starting eleventh twelfth.

The drama began when a yellow came out and it was determined that Roland had caused the caution. Roland stopped on the backstretch to plead his case. The
officials then gave Roland the Black Flag for unprofessional actions ending his night. He also lots all points for the altercation.

Up front second place in the points going into the race Gary Foxworth would lead the rest of the way and take over the run championship by six points. Charlie Montgomery finished in the second spot, third was Danny Anderson, fourth was Bill Manfull and fifth Nick King.

Pierce Holds off Dorer for Limited Late Model Win

September 7th, 2007

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

Qualifying for the Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models saw Tate Pierce take the fast time for the evening’s 100-lap feature event. “ Of all the years of racing I have under my belt this is the first “Fast Time” I have ever had so this is just as good as a win for me tonight” said Pierce in the post qualifying interview. Following Pierce was ASA standout Cody Pitts second fast, third was Jessie Dutilly, and fourth was Steve Gill and fifth Steve Dorer.

A two on the die inverted the front two cars putting Pitts on the pole with Pierce on the outside. On the drop of the green though it was the fast qualifier jumping out to the lead. The field ran nose to tail for most of the race but towards the end of the race Steve Dorer started making his way towards the front and eventually caught the leader. For the last
forty-seven laps Dorer was on Pierce’s back bumper.

The battle was also hot and heavy for the third spot. Cody Pitts had a rearview mirror full of point’s leader Jessie Dutilly. As first and second pulled away Dutilly and Pitts went after it lap after lap. It went right down to the wire with Pierce taking the win, Dorer came up just short for the second spot. Cody Pitts took the third spot in a warm up for October’s
ASA race at DeSoto. Dutilly increased hid point’s lead finishing fourth and fifth across the stripe was Earl Beckner.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

Todd Bontrager returned to the “Truck Wars” sporting his new sponsor “Monster Energy Drinks”. And he put his new sponsor on the front stretch right out of the shoot taking fast time for the fifty-lap event. Bontrager would hold the lead early but a tire going down would do him in and he would finish in the
twelfth spot on the night.

It would be point’s leader Travis Roland showing the way once again to take another impressive win. Young Max Bennett would move into fifth in points battle with a solid second place run, third went to Nick King, fourth was Danny Anderson and fifth Brent Huber.

Manatee Lumber Pure Stocks

Allen Bragg notched another win for the “Crate Motor Express” holding off a hard charging “Silver Bullet” Randy Johnson. Third was George Bartimac, fourth went to Robert Crisp and fifth Tyler Lau.

Austin Howell takes FASCAR Pro Truck Feature at DeSoto

August 31st, 2007

He led almost all of the caution filled event. As the white flag came out Mike Pilla who had been running in the top five all evening lost a tire that went over the turn two wall bringing out the yellow for the final time.

When the field came to the stripe the green and white were flying. The truck of Austin Howell was right on the back bumper of Gorham. Gorham got out shape coming out of two allowing Howell to make the pass. Gorham made contact with the wall and fell to a ninth place finish. Howell would cross the stripe for his first win, former Late Model stand out Keith Lilley would cross the stripe in second, third was Logan Bordeau, Travis Hanson took fourth and rounding out the top five was Patrick Staropoli.

In the Quick Kids race it was Chase Hoffman over Randy Anderson, Matt Cohen and Stephen Nasse.

McLeod “Shocks the Monkey” in AACS Win

August 23rd, 2007

David Wilson who has had a tough time of it this season running in the ASA clicked off the fastest time of the nineteen-car field, Scot Walters was making his debut in the number 94 machine recently vacated by Wayne Jefferson was second fast on the clock. Brad Bischoff was third fast followed by B.J. McLeod and Jeff Scofield.

Scofield a two time champion in the “Hoosier Cup” All American Challenge Series came into this race tied for the lead in the points with David Pollen Jr. Pollen has run consistently through out the season keeping his car near the front and out trouble to stay at the top in the points.

The field was inverted by four cars putting McLeod and Walters on the front row. The green dropped and McLeod was off and running. Dave Pletcher dropped off early with mechanical problems.

Coming out of turn two the back end of Bischoff’s car started to come around, as he tried to correct he made contact with Walters sending himself and the 94 hard into the back stretch wall. Cars were sliding everywhere. Joe Boyd who was debuting a brand new car slammed into the pack that was halted on the
backstretch ending his night. Cars that were taken out were Bischoff, Walters, and Boyd. Robert Yoho was able to return many laps down. Scofield was able to get on the binders and avoid the mess.

Scofield dove into the pits just before the drop of the green flag. The crew jacked the car up and made sure everything was still in its place. He returned to the speedway at the tail of the field as the green dropped. McLeod was out like a rocket on the restart but second place Wayne Anderson had his handsful with fast qualifier David Wilson, lap after lap Wilson would challenge the cagey veteran. A little bump-n-go move allowed Wilson to make the move and slide up into the second spot. Anderson meanwhile would fade and eventually park his ride in the infield with an apparent flat rear tire. Anderson would finish fifteenth on the night.

Scofield meanwhile had done some heavy driving to make his way up to the third spot. McLeod, Wilson and Scofield pulled away from the rest of the field and
the top three had quite a battle going for the top spot until McLeod was able to pull away. Scofield spent several laps trying to get around Wilson but
used up his tires on his charge to the front and began to fade.

As the laps wound down Steve Dorer made his way to Scofield driving him hard and eventually taking over the third spot. On the last lap David Pollen was able to get by Scofield to take the fourth spot and a five-point advantage in the run for the end of season $10,000 share of the championship.

The story though was B.J. McLeod’s dominance. His last win at DeSoto coming in the 2003 Ice Breaker. “I am so glad we decided to come back” Said McLeod in the
winners circle “ Jeff Scofield really helped me out with the setup on this car, that’s an 07 setup underneath this thing, I also have to thank Don Wilson
for giving me the motor, it was strong all night long”.

David Wilson took the second spot, Dorer was third, Pollen Fourth and Scofield dropped to fifth.

DeSoto Foils Mother Nature

August 16th, 2007

The qualifying for the 100 lap Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Model feature was completed but as the DeSoto Pro Truck series were attempting to get
their times in the skies opened up sending fans scattering for cover.

The rains continued for several hours but with help from the drivers in the pits the track was dried and the racing was under way just after 9:30 pm.

Manatee Lumber Bombers

“The Punisher” Michael Crooks went old school and hung it on the outside to take the lead and eventually the win the in the 25 lap Bomber feature that saw plenty of three wide, bumpin and bangin racing.

“Radical” Rick Germony held off “the Mayor” John Stewart for the second spot, fourth went to Scott Dawley, and in fifth Steve Elder

DeSoto Pro Trucks

At the half way mark of 50-lap truck race the skies opened up again halting the action on the track. Once again the persistence of the track crew, the racers and fans the green flag dropped for the second half of the Pro Truck series.

Nick King led the way to the checkers holding off “Hard Chargin” Charlie Montgomery. Finishing third and fourth was first and second in the points Travis Roland and Gary Foxworth. Rounding out the top five was Patrick Staropoli.

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

A.J.Curreli not only took his first fast time at DeSoto but also blistered the field as he dominated the 100-lap feature. Joe Winchell crossed the stripe
in second, third went to A.J. Isbister, fourth was Jessie Dutilly and fifth Drew Brannon.

Allen Bragg Rides “The Crate Motor Express” to Victory

August 11th, 2007

Manatee Lumber Pure Stocks

The fans were on their feet as the Pure Stock field took the green for their twenty five-lap feature. Allen Bragg started on the outside of the front row
and quickly dove down to the inside to take the lead.

The field behind him swapped positions as Bragg made off with the top spot. As the laps wound down Blair Pontious closed in on the leader. Bragg and Pontious
put on a show for the fans right down to the checkers and it was Bragg scoring his first ever win with the “Crate Motor Express” in the Pure Stocks.

“ I have to thank Timmy Troyer and Randy Johnson they made this car drive like a dream,” said Bragg in the winner’s circle.

Pontious scored the second spot, third Robert Crisp took the “Rocket Red Express” car took the third spot. Randy Johnson in the “Silver Bullet” was fourth and fifth Tyler Lau was fifth.

Magic4’s

It was Alex Patten with the dominating ride holding off the hard charging Chelsea LaJoie, Jessica Ostrovskis roared to up to the third spot, fourth went
to Austin Craig and fifth Bill Leake.

Manatee Lumber Bombers

Jeff Firestine made a triumphant return to DeSoto Super Speedway dominating the twenty five-lap feature. His car owner Dean Butrum had solid run in the second spot. The “Punisher” Michael Crooks made up some ground in the points finishing in the third spot. Fourth was the “Mayor” John Stewart and fifth was
points leader Scott Dawley.

Q Auto and Injury Attorneys Open Wheel Modifieds

Tate Pierce and John Sarppraicone Jr. battled the entire thirty five laps with Pierce taking the win, third went to Richie Shepard who had his own war going
on with Mark Nelson who was fourth. Rounding out the top five was Bruce Riggio.

Jefferson Takes “The Money” at DeSoto Ernest Helfrick Back on Top in Bus Figure 8’s

August 3rd, 2007

The field rolled out onto the speedway and as track announcer Tony Modica was getting to roll the die for the inversion of the field there was a meeting of the minds. Jefferson, Junior and John Sarppraicone the track owner were huddled together and when they separated John grabbed the mic and asked the crowd “Should we invert the whole field?” The crowd resounded with a loud cheer and thus the pack was inverted from front to rear!

Jefferson and Sarppraicone were told that if either driver could win the race an extra $500 would be waiting at the payoff window making it a $2,000 payoff
for the duo.

As the field was getting lined up for the feature Jefferson had to dive into the pits with a flat right front tire. The “Rocketman” made it back onto the
speedway but not with four new tires like everyone else but a well used tire.

Chris Escott was on hand with his “Big Motor” and he jumped out to the lead and began to pull away from the rest of the field. Jefferson and Sarppraicone had their handsful battling hard from the back trying make their way to the front.

It was Jefferson who made it who broke out from the pack and started tracking down Escott who had built up a full straightaway lead. Lap after lap he cut into the lead until he finally was able to take over the top spot.

Then it was Sarppraicone’s turn as he made his way around Escott and has his sights set on Jefferson. On the last lap he caught the leader coming out turn four but Jefferson was barely able to hold him off for the win and the $2,000 prize money. “We really had a strong car but if Johnny had a couple more laps he probably would have gotten me” said a wore out Jefferson in the winners circle. Sarppraicone had to settle for second, third went to Chris Escott
with the Big Motor. Timmy Moore came back to take fourth and fifth was Sean McLaughlin.

Steele Back in Winners Circle at DeSoto

July 18th, 2007

Points leader Troy DeCaire would be the winner in the first of three heat races. Second went to Larry J.Brazil Jr.,third was Brian Gingras, fourth Tommy
Nichols and fifth Stan Butler.

Heat race number two winner was Keith Butler. Following him across the stripe was “Superman” Dave Steele. Third went to Brian Maddox, fourth was Gary
Gimmler and fifth was Danny Martin Jr.

The final heat before the feature saw Wendy Mathis with a solid run take the win, Dude Teate was in the second spot, third D.J.Hoelzle, fourth Shane Butler
and fifth Micheal Smith.

Wendy Mathis who started on the front row built up a good lead early in the thirty lap feature. Steele who started eleventh in the field methodically made his way through the pack and with a sling shot moved roared by Mathis to take over the top spot.

Troy DeCaire who is having a great season made his way to the second spot. Lapped traffic would be his undoing though as he was unable to clear the 14 car of Shane Butler allowing Steele to go unchallenged an build up a big lead.

When the checkers fell Steele was just inches from lapping the fifth place car. “First off I have to thank my crew, we have been struggling a little bit
this year but the really stepped up to give me a great car” said Steele in the winners circle.

DeCaire would take the second spot, third was Brian Gingras, fourth went to Wendy Mathis and fifth Keith Butler.

Choquette Back on Top at DeSoto

July 12th, 2007

Jeff Scofield has dominated the series taking three straight wins in a row at the “High-Banks” and had climbed up to second in the points behind David Pollen
Jr. Pollen, in his first year of racing in the Super Late Model and has shown that he can handle his own against the best of the best.

The heat was on as the field rolled out for qualifying. Although the track was hot and a little slick “The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson was back on top
taking fast time for the night’s event. “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher was second fast, Brad Bischoff returned to racing at DeSoto to take third fast, fourth was
Billy Bigley Jr. and fifth fresh off his second place run in the ASA race at New Smyrna Jeff Choquette.

The field was inverted five cars by the roll of the die putting Choquette on the point with Bigley on the outside of the front row. Scofield would start from the sixth spot with Pollen in seventh.

The green dropped and it was Choquette taking the lead over the rest of the pack. Pletcher Bigley and Jefferson were meanwhile in a heated battle for the
second spot. Lap after lap they would swap spots as Choquette would pull away for a good lead. The race would only have two cautions through the 125-lap feature.

As the laps wound down Scofield and Pollen made their way past the rest of the field to move up into the second and third spot respectively. As Choquette
maneuvered his way around lapped traffic Scofield closed in to make a run for the top spot. He would close in on the leader in turns three and four but on
and two and on the straights Choquette would pull away.

Scofield would make one last run on the leader but the car almost came out from under him. He gathered it back up but lost too much ground allowing Choquette to take the win. “This car was great, it wasn’t that good
earlier in the week but my crew really stepped up and made it work,” said Choquette.

Scofield who finished in the second said, “I wore this car out, I tried everything I could to catch Choquette. We tried bringing out a new car but still have a lot of work to go.” David Pollen Jr. finished in the third spot and with that finish will go into the next race with a tie for the top spot.
Billy Bigley Jr. held on for the fourth spot and fifth was Wayne Jefferson.

Paul Maness Triumphant in Bus Fig 8

July 6th, 2007

The way the rain was coming down so hard a third of the huge crowd we had headed out to 64 and called it a night. The radar even looked less promising as a huge band of storms was surrounding the speedway. I radioed John, who had minutes before been standing in the infield drenched and was already in his office checking the radar, what he wanted to do. We only had the Buses and a demo left on the card. He asked me how much of the crowd had left. When I told him that we still had a good number of people left he said, “They came to see the Buses and we are going to give them the Buses.” All of a sudden in the pouring rain the crowd began singing, that’s right singing! Thirty minutes later as I came over the mic and said ” Drivers report to your Buses” the very same crowd erupted in cheers.

Although the track was still wet and light drizzle fell 12 buses rolled out onto the track and as the crowd sang to the AC/DC song “Highway to Hell” they
took the green flag. Paul Maness and Wayne Caulkins put on a bus-racing
clinic battling for the top spot with many near misses at the “X”. It was Maness taking the well-deserved win in the 25 lapper.

Tony Modica was calling the Demo that was won by Ralph Murchie. I had made my way down to the in front of the breezeway. John was also standing there, and as he surveyed the stands he said, “Look at all the people who stayed, we really do have the best fans!” And as Tony told the crowd “Goodnight” I looked at my watch, it was 11:30.

All in all a very good night……

Manatee Lumber Bombers
The “Mayor” John Stewart survived a rough and tumble 25 lap feature to take his first win of the ’07 season, “Radical” Rick Germony ran him hard in the
closing laps but had to settle for the second spot, third went to Lou Russell, fourth across the stripe was Steve Elder and fifth went to Jeff Taylor.

Magic 4’s

Corey Bigley held off some stiff competition to take the win in the Magic 4 feature, Chelsea LaJoie took a hard fought second spot, third across was Dylan
Bigley, fourth Andrew Pratt and fifth Jessica Ostrovskis.

This Saturday AACS Super Late Models, (we have been averaging 20-25 cars) Can Scofield win his fourth in a row? Can Yoho have another top five? Can David Pollen Jr. stay on top in the chase for $10,000 end of the season prize money? Will “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher work the bugs out of his ride and follow up his fast qualifying times with a return to Desoto’s winners circle? Steve Dorer is only 87 points from the lead; can he follow up his Limited Late Model Championship with an AACS Super Championship? These questions and a whole lot more will be answered this weekend! Qualifying at 6 racing at 7!! Bring your umbrella because we don’t give up! July 17th TBARA Wing Sprints!

Anderson Takes Checkers in DeSoto Truck Race

June 21st, 2007

Anderson wasted no time in getting to the front but Charlie Montgomery would keep the pressure on for the fifty lapper. The would battle for the top spot but it would be Anderson taking the win, Montgomery would take second, third Tommy Caveny, fourth across the stripe was Jason Deaton and fifth Nick King.

Roland would have his problems but still managed a sixth place run and take over the points lead.

Manatee Lumber Bombers

Micheal “the Punisher” Crooks and Scott Dawley went at it for the twenty five lap bomber feature but when the smoke cleared it was the Punisher pushing his helmet back up over his eyes to take the checkered flag, Dawley would take second, third was Jerome “Slideways” Watland, fourth went to “Radical” Rick Germony and fifth “the Mayor” John Stewart.

Manatee Lumber Pure Stocks

George Bartimac started on the front row and never looked back as he cruised to the win. “This car was really hooked up tonight, I have to thank everyone who helped me on it”. Said Bartimac in the winner’s circle. Second went to John Brown, third was Tyler Lau, fourth was Robert Crisp and fifth Blair Pontius.

MOFF PUTS WIN 3 UNDER HIS BELT IN GOODYEAR ACTION AT DESOTO SUPER

May 27th, 2007

As the green was waved, Winchell took the point followed by Moff, Larson,
Gill and Dutilly. But it was a short green as on lap 5 there was a massive
pile-up on the front stretch involving Rich Clouser, Daniel Keene, Sr., Dwayne Barrus, and Greg Kaouk. Some were able to pit and bring out damaged cars for alittle more action where others were in the pits for a long time before being able to return. Just one of those racing things as they say.

Once the cars were finally cleared, it was back to racing as Winchell lead
the way over Moff, Larson, Gill and Dutilly. But it did not take Moff long
until he was able to pass Winchell on lap 15 and take the lead and build quit a space between him and Winchell. Lap 19, McMickel looks to pass Dutilly for
fifth but Dutilly holds strong. There is no way he is giving up his
position. Suddenly on lap 24 Dustin Chisolm slows and enters pit road, his night done. Also exciting the track is Barrus who is also done for the night after suffering damage in the first wreck of the night.

Once Moff got the lead, he began to build space between him and the second
place car of Winchell. There was no catching him. By lap 30 it was Moff,
Winchell, Justin Larson, Steve Gill, Jess Dutilly, JR McMickel, Darren Brown and Daniel Keene on the lead lap.

It was more mechanical problems than damage that took some of the cars out
of the race. Jeremy Colangelo left the field on lap 52 with motor problems.
On lap 53, Drew Brannon had a wild spin on the frontstretch but was able to
continue but only for alittle while.

On the restart, Moff took the point but it was very short as McMickel and
Dutilly get together fighting for the fifth place position and bring out the
caution. Both cars are fine but sent to the rear for the restart. This
changes the front running five to Moff, Winchell, Larson, Gill and now young Darren Brown.

Lap 67 sees Drew Brannon have more bad luck as he comes off 4 and hits the
backstretch wall with a large thump felt in the stands. Brannon is fine but
the same can’t be said about his car which is now definitely done for the
night.

At this time, second in points going into the race Rich Closuer returns
sixty laps down but running in the conclusion of the race. Rich definitely has a beautiful modified now instead of a Late Model but it does run.

Just when you think it is almost over and safe, the caution comes out again
on lap 73 for JR McMickel and Lonnie Miller who get together hard on the
backstretch. Both are fine but done for the night.

The race goes back green on lap 76 with Moff leading the way over the 12 car
field left still standing. Dutilly, who had been sent to the rear when he
and McMickel brought out the caution, has made his way back up to the top five
as he passes Brown for fifth.

With the laps slowing ending, it is the Justin Larson/Joe Winchell show as
Larson tries his best to rattle Winchell’s cage but Winchell has nothing to do with it. Justin looks and tries everything to pass Winchell for second but
Winchell is an old master and knows the tricks of the trade. Winchell, as
only Joe Winchell can, did not let the pressure get to him and came home second as Moff took the checkered for this third win in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 2007 season.

Moff, as any good man will do, thanked his wife for all her help as he took
home the trophy and she picked up the money. One footnote, it was great and
a pleasure seeing Daniel Keene Sr. back behind the wheel of a racecar although it was too short lived. It has been too long since the fans have seen father and son racing together. It was a true pleasure for the fans.

The next Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be June 9 when they go for
100 laps of Late Model action at Columbia Motorsports Park in Lake City. For
more informaiton on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to
www.fascar.org

GOODYEAR CHALLENGE AND TURNER TREE AND LANDSCAPE LATE MODELS JOIN

May 25th, 2007

A number of the Goodyear Challenge racers know Desoto well since they have
run in the Turner Tree and Landscape Series. Those are Doug Moff, Joe Winchell, Justin Larson, Dustin Chisholm, Dewayne Barrus, and Mark Childress. Rich Clouser has been a previous Street Stock Champion at Desoto and has had many nights experience there.

“Combining the races will hopefully make for a full and exciting field,” said Goodyear Challenge Series Director Scott Jackman. “We are looking forward
to Saturday and seeing a really, really good race.”

This will be the sixth race for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series where Doug Moff leads the points by 39 over Rich Clouser. Moff has two wins under his belt this year – one at New Smyrna Speedway and one at Bronson Motor
Speedway. Clouser has no wins yet but plenty of top fives. Both know Desoto
and have seen their fair share of wins there.

Joe Winchell stands third in points and also knows Desoto well. Fourth in
points is Daniel Keene, Jr., our most recent Godyear winner at Bronson Motor
Speedway. Fifth in points is Darren Brown who was the 2006 Late Model
Champion at New Smyrna Speedway.

There will be an open practice on Thrusday, May 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. at
Desoto Super Speedway. Tires will be available for the Goodyear Challenge Late
Models.

Saturday, May 26, pit gate will open at 2 p.m.

For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to
_www.fascar.org_ (http://www.fascar.org) .

For more information on the Turner Tree and Landscape Late Models go to www.desotosuperspeedway.com

Danny Martin Scores First TBARA Win at DeSoto; McLaughlin takes Mods, Germony Wins Bomber Shoot-out

May 16th, 2007

The field was broke up into three heat races to help decide the running order for the nights thirty lap feature event. Troy DeCaire who was looking for his
fourth feature win of the season took the win in heat one. D.J. Hoelzle former Modified champ at DeSoto took the checkers in heat two with Tommy Nichols the winner in heat three.

Nichols would start from the pole position with Hoelzle on the outside of the front row. DeCaire meanwhile would come from the outside of row six
having been the winner in the last race at Charlotte County.

Even though he is a rookie in the Sprints Hoelzle showed his knowledge of DeSoto jumping out to the lead and looking like he would be the car to beat pulling out to almost a straightaway lead at one point.

Everyone’s eyes were on DeCaire who came into the race second in points chase. Lap after lap the purple 68 machine made his way through traffic eventually
closing in on the leader. But on lap twenty-seven while maneuvering through lapped traffic hooked bumpers with the 2006 rookie of the year Micheal Smith
bringing out the yellow flag. DeCaire would regroup and finish in the seventh spot but would leave the race with the points lead by a mere 4 points.

Hoelzle would restart the race in the lead but Danny Martin Jr. had made his way into the second spot. On the drop of the green martin was able to make the pass on the backstretch but before the lap was completed Shane Butler and Larry J.Brazil spun wildly down intothe infield calling for the field to go back the previous lap for the restart.

This time Martin would have a tougher time of it with three laps remaining. The crowd was on their feet as Martin finally made the move with the white flag
flying to take the top spot but a stuck throttle as he crossed the stripe for the checkers sent him slamming into the turn one wall. Martin was able to climb from his damaged machine and collect the win.

Hoelzle who had a tire going down took the second spot, third across the line was pole sitter Tommy Nichols, Dude Teate finished fourth and fifth was Stan
Butler.

“Chucky” Ramsey Takes First Street Stock Win

May 10th, 2007

The crowd observed a moment of silence for the passing of Rusty Dixon who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident the previous weekend.

“Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher took his first fast time for the 2007 season but the surprise of the day was Robert ”Showtime” Yoho who was second fast on the track. In the third spot was two time champion Jeff Scofield, fourth fast was Ronnie Skipper followed by the “Iron Man” Dwayne Dempsey.

The inversion was four by the roll of the die putting Scofield and Skipper on the front row. When the green dropped Scofield showed why he was a two-time champion in the series pulling out to a full straightaway lead over the rest of the pack.

The rest of the early top five was Skipper in the second spot followed by Pletcher, Yoho and Dwayne Dempsey piloting the car usually driven by Mario
Gosselin.

Yoho was eventually caught up in an altercation in turn four in which he was deemed the cause and was sent to the rear after a good top five run. Yoho would
recoup for an eighth place finish.

Noticeably missing from the field was Brad Bischoff who has come out of the gate strong in his first year in the Supers. Coming off a strong second place finish at New Smyrna Bischoff was sidelined after having his appendix removed earlier in the week.

Attrition was the name of the game in the 125 lap feature as several cars were sidelined through out the race but when the smoke cleared it was all Scofield
taking the win, Steve Dorer the 2006 Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Model Champion took second and moved into third in the points, a solid third place finish kept “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson in the points lead, fourth across the stripe was David Pollen Jr. and fifth Billy Mowery.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Chucky Ramsey may have started up front in the twenty five-lap feature but earned every lap he lead as he had challenges from several drivers through out the race. But when the smoke cleared it was Ramsey taking a very excited win. “I just have to thank my Dad and everyone else who helped me to get here,” said the winner.

Jimmie Best gave it his all but settled for the second spot with his brother Duane coming from the back of the pack after being caught up in a wreck and tranny stuck in gear. Fourth went to Greg Krom who challenged early for the top spot followed by Casey Hall.

Tate Pierce Wins Limiteds, Travis Roland Takes Trucks

April 24th, 2007

The grandstands began to fill early as qualifying began for the Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models and the DeSoto Pro Truck series. Both races
would be fifty lap events.

Tate Pierce who was looking for his first fast time in the Limited class watched it evaporate as Hot Shoe Justin Larson made his run and blistered the speedway with the only 14 second run. Pierce settled for second.

Travis Roland added another fast time plaque as he topped the twenty-six-truck field; second fast did Bill Manfull follow Gary Foxworth in third. Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

Justin Larson looked like he would dominate the fifty lap feature as he would jump out to almost a full straight away lead on the rest of the pack. But
Yellows would bunch the field several times.

One of those yellow flags was for Lonnie Miller who slammed into the turn one wall. Miller was running in the top five when the wreck occurred. The front end of Miller’s car was destroyed and towed off into the pits but fortunately Lonnie was able to walk away.

When the green came back out Pierce was right on the back bumper of Larson. He was able to get under the leader and take over the top spot. Pierce was
unchallenged for the rest of the race. “I didn’t think I had anything for Justin but the car really came to me the second half of the race”. Said Pierce.

Larson would cross the stripe in second, third went to Jessie Dutilly, fourth was Ray Folwell and in fifth Drew Brannon.

Scofield Triumphant in “LeRoy Porter Icebreaker 125”

March 1st, 2007

Although the Icebreaker has been a tradition at DeSoto for many years this was the second year the race was dedicated to one of the top Late Model aces LeRoy Porter. Porter was severely injured in turn three during a practice run when his car crashed and was engulfed in flames while he was trapped in his car ending a brilliant carrier. Porter was a previous winner of the event.

Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125

The field of twenty-three of the states top Super Late Model drivers rolled out for qualifying including the return of “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher. The racers who came out early had a hard time hooking up to the track but as more made the trip around the 3/8’s mile track the faster the times were. “The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson who won the event last year took the fast time beating out Pletcher, David Wilson, Billy Bigley Jr. and last years champion Jeff Choquette.

Six cars were inverted with the roll of the die putting Steve Dorer the 07 Limited Late Model champ and owner of Racecar Engineering on the point with Jeff Choquette on the outside of row one. “Dangerous Dan Toler” formerly of the Allman Brothers Band was the grand marshall and after giving the command of
“Gentlemen Start Your Engines” climbed into the flag stand to drop the checkers.

Choquette jumped out to the early lead with Dorer on his tail in the second spot. Fourteen caution flags marred the race one of which was a solid lick into the front stretch wall by Robert “Showtime” Yoho wiping out the entire right side of the machine.

Scofield who started in the seventh spot was coming off a disappointing run at Citrus County Speedway the night before. After leading the majority of the race a broken rotor dropped him to second in the finish. Scofield made his way up to the second spot and once again the “Jeff and Jeff” show was on. The duo has had many battles at the “High Banks” Scofield was able to get the nose up on Choquette and make the pass. Scofield would dominate the rest of the race at one point having almost a 4.5 second lead. “This is one I hadn’t one yet” This a blast winning the LeRoy Porter race we just won the Pete Orr Memorial so this means a lot” Said Scofield in the winners circle.

Steve Dorer the 2007 Limited Late Model champion finished a solid second, third went to Billy Bigley Jr., and fourth across the stripe was Jimmy Cope and
fifth Jeff Choquette.

Pos Driver Car #
1 JEFF SCOFIELD 07
2 STEVE DORER 10
3 BILLY BIGLEY, JR 28
4 JIMMY COPE 61
5 JEFF CHOQUETTE 70X
6 BRAD BISCHOFF-R 53
7 RICHIE ANDERSON 51
8 TROY MCNABB 07X
9 DAVID POLLEN, JR 88
10 WAYNE JEFFERSON 94
11 DAVE PLETCHER 74
12 JOHN SPADAVECCHIA JR 8X
13 JOE BOYD 5
14 J R GARCIA III 0
15 MIKE FINN 02
16 RONNIE SKIPPER 32
17 JAMES GLOVER 70
18 ROBERT YOHO 00
19 SCOT WALTERS 59
20 SEAN LeMASTER 8
21 DAVID WILSON 83
22 CHRIS STAGGS 56
23 LEONARD McCUE 00X

Gulf Coast Modifieds

“The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson had problems during qualifying and was unable to take a lap. This did not hold back this hot shoe as he put on a clinic coming from the back of the pack to take race number one of the Gulf Coast Modified Series. Running in a solid second spot was John Sarppraicone Jr., third went Lee Collins who led the early stages of the race. Fourth was Sean McLaughlin and fifth Robbie Cooper.

1 1 Wayne Jefferson
2 88 John Sarppraicone JR.
3 89 Lee Collins
4 99 Sean McLaughlin
5 98 Robbie Cooper
6 12 Eric Rudd
7 61 Chet Senokossoff
8 4 Bobby Baldwin
9 6 Dwayne Dempsey.
10 01 Curtis Neumann
11 11 Mark Nelson
12 9 Danny Partelo
13 32 Alan McCafferty
14 8 Chris Escott
15 83 Andrew Alderman
16 2 John E. Rogers
17 35 Robby McAuliffe
18 08 David Davis
19 75 Bruce Riggio

Pro Truck Challenge

The Pro Truck Challenge kicked off with twenty five trucks. Danny Anderson would dominate the fifty lap feature taking race number one, Travis Roland took
second, third was Gary Foxworth, fourth across the stripe Danny Foster and Corey Choquette was fifth.

Pos Driver Car #
1 DANNY ANDERSON 50
2 TRAVIS ROLAND 01
3 GARY FOXWORTH 25
4 DANNY FOSTER 99X
5 COREY CHOQUETTE 89X
6 MAXX BENNETT 1X
7 NICK KING 3X
8 BILL MANFULL 48
9 MATT COHEN 46
10 JASON CARR 37X
11 JASON VAIL 10X
12 JIM REPPI SR 57
13 BILL HOFFMAN 7
14 CODY CARLBERT 06
15 MIKE CHAFFEE JR 54
16 CLINT SNYDER 95
17 TYLER LAU 51
18 GARY DEEMER 18
19 STEPHEN NASSE 69
20 PAT MAHONEY 84
21 CHARLIE MONTGOMERY 12
22 AL NEUMANN 4X
23 GRAHAM McCORVEY 11
24 VERNON HART JR 48X
25 JEFF FIRESTINE 93

Manatee Lumber Bombers

Pos Driver Car #
1 SCOTT DAWLEY 74
2 MICHAEL CROOKS 33
3 BOBBY FRISCH 92
4 RICK GERMONY 8
5 PETE BARR 81

Mod-Minis

Pos Driver Car #
1 DUSTIN PEREZ 62
2 DUSTY ROBINSON 38
3 RICK PARTRIDGE 0
4 GLENN KELLEY 16
5 CHRIS ZIMMERMAN 29

Manatee Limber Pure Stocks

Pos Driver Car #
1 DUANE BEST 3
2 TYLER LAU 1
3 DARRIN ELLIS 71
4 ALLEN BRAGG 89
5 RANDY JOHNSON 73

Street Stocks

Pos Driver Car #
1 DENNIS WILSON 42
2 JIMMIE BEST 67
3 BUBBA THOMPSON 75B
4 JOEY BARNES 19
5 WAYNE LEWIS 28

Scofield Wins Triple Crown by One Point

October 23rd, 2006

Only nine drivers were at Bronson Motor Speedway for the Second Leg on Saturday, October 21. James Powell of Astor suffered a motor problem before qualifying which narrowed the field down to eight. The laps were cut to 75 but the fans were not disappointed as those eight cars put on one heck of a show.

Setting fast time at Bronson was Mike Bresnahan of Lecanto who qualified fifth at Desoto and finished sixth. Bresnahan qualified with a 13.117 followed by Jeff Choquette of Loxatchee, Kevin Durden of Archer, Travis Cope of Bronson and Jeff Scofield of Plant City.

Bresnahan takes the point on the green followed by Choquette, Cope, Durden and Scofield. Right off the bat Durden challenged Cope for third and was able to take it putting Cope to fourth. But this was not the end of young Cope’s challenges as Scofield was on the move taking over fourth as Cope slides back to seventh.

The first caution comes out on lap 11 when Robbie Smith of Ocala spins but has no damage and is able to continue racing. Restart on lap 14 sees Bresnahan, Choquette, Durden, Scofield, James Glover, Cope, Steve Weaver and Robbie Smith in the field. Durden is once again on the charge as he takes over second from Choquette who slides to fourth as Scofield takes third. In the meantime, Bresnahan is sailing away from the field and running his own race.

Scofield is once again on the move trying to take second from Kevin Durden but Durden is having nothing to do with it. Durden is much faster than Scofield in the corners but Scofield has more horsepower on the straightaways. A very close battle. By lap 45, Bresnahan has lapped both Steve Weaver and Robbie Smith.

Steve Weaver gets a thrill on lap 50 when he gets very, very loose on turn 1 but does a great save and continue racing. Lap 56 sees the yellow when James Glover spins coming off turn 4. The race goes back green on lap 61 as Bresnahan once again takes the lead over Durden, Scofield, Choquette, Cope, Glover, Smith and Weaver.

It is now the Bresnahan show as no one can catch him although Scofield and Durden are still hard at it for second. Bresnahan has almost a half track lead over the field as they come to the last lap. Scofield is once again on Durden’s tail and gets alittle too close as he spins Durden out on the backstretch going to the checkered. Durden is not happy as he watches the rest of the field go by his car.

Bresnahan takes the checkered and the win for the Second Leg of the Triple Crown followed by Jeff Choquette, Travis Cope, James Glover, Jeff Scofield, Robbie Smith, Kevin Durden and Steve Weaver.

The tired racers move on to Ocala Speedway for the last leg with 18 cars in the field. Travis Cope sets fast time but after the pill draw it is Mike Bresnahan on the pole for the 125 lap event.

As the green flag is thrown, it is Bresnahan, Tim Russell, Travis Cope, Brian Finney and Rich Pratt in the top five. Wayne Anderson powers pass Pratt for fifth as Pratt settles into sixth. The fight is on for the top ten with no one wanting to give an inch. Just as the action is getting hot and heavy, the caution comes out for Jeff Scofield and Steve Weaver for a spin on the backstretch. The field is realigned as Bresnahan commands the point followed by Russell, Finney, Anderson, Pratt, Cope, Choquette, Durden and Scofield.

But it is a fast green as Durden and Choquette get together with Choquette spinning in turn 4. Both are sent to the rear of the lead lap for the restart. Bresnahan still holds the point but it is Brian Finney on the move as he passes Russell for second with Anderson going along with Finney for third as Russell settles into fourth. The caution is shown again for Tim Shull who has spun in turn 1.

Bresnahan holds the point for the restart followed by Finney, Anderson, Russell, and Pratt. The show is further back as James Glover and Kevin Durden are doing some great side-by-side action. Glover on the inside, Durden on the outside but somehow Glover retains the position.

It is now a fight between Bresnahan, Finney and Anderson as they go ahead of the field. Anderson works Finney for second and eventually is able to take it with Finney going back to third. The caution comes out for Kyle Maynard who has spun up in turn 4.

It is a short restart as Jeremy Gerstner and Maynard get together in turn 4 bringing out the caution. Bresnahan has also spun but after the caution came out retaining his spot in the field but suffers some rear-end damage to his bumper. Bresnahan’s bumper is fixed but has somehow hit the oil tank of Brian Finney who was in third. Finney is checked and there seems to be no leak but that does not last for long.

On the restart, it is Bresnahan, Anderson, Finney, Russell and Pratt but Russell spins in turns 1 and 2 after hitting oil from Finney’s car. After having a good run, Finney retires to the pit and Russell is given back his spot.

On the restart, Bresnahan finds his hands full of Wayne Anderson who is determined to get that number one spot. Bresnahan is able to hold on but the caution comes out again for Glover and Durden who are still racing each other hard. Glover and Durden once again go to the rear of the lead lap for the restart.

Bresnahan holds the point but not for long as Wayne Anderson makes the pass and takes over the number one position followed by Russell, Bresnahan, Pratt, and Scofield. Pratt, who considers Ocala Speedway his home track, shows his muscle and passes Bresnahan taking over third. Scofield follows Pratt for fourth as Bresnahan must settle for fifth.

Pratt maintains his march to the front and takes over second but suddenly his car quits as he slides back to fifth. The car refires but with little time to march back up to second. Anderson takes the checkered for his first win of the 2006 season in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series followed by Tim Russell, Jeff Scofield, Kevin Durden, and Rich Pratt.

The points are totalled with Jeff Scofield winning the Triple Crown Championship by one point over Jeff Choquette.

Three nights, three different winners. The battle continues at New Smyrna Speedway on November 18 when the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 will crown the 2006 Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion.

Triple Crown Returns This Weekend For 3 Nights Of Super Late Model Action In Florida

October 18th, 2006

Desoto Super Speedway will host the first leg of the Triple Crown in Bradenton, Florida on October 20

Bronson Motor Speedway will host the second leg on Saturday, October 21 in Bronson, Florida.

The final leg will run at Ocala Speedway on Sunday afternoon, October 22, in Ocala, Florida.

Not only is this a test for the drivers but also a test for the fans. Who will win the Triple Crown in 2006?? You must be there to find out.

Leading the points for the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series is Jeff Scofield with a two point lead over Jeff Choquette, neither who are strangers at Desoto Super Speedway.

Mike Bresnahan stands third in points followed by Wayne Anderson in fourth and Tim Russell in fifth. Completing the top ten are Rich Pratt, Jason Boyd (2005 Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion), Brian Finney, Jerry Artuso and Chris Fontaine.

Running at Desoto Super Speedway with the All American Challenge Series expect to see some new faces in the line-up such as Scott Walters, Jeff Sloan just among some of the All American drivers.

From Bradenton the drivers will travel to Bronson Motor Speedway for the second leg where a number of Sunbelt drivers are expected to enter the field followed by Sunday afternoon at Ocala Speedway where the 2006 Triple Crown Champion will be announced.

Schedule for the Triple Crown:

Friday, October 20, Desoto Super Speedway

Pit gate opens 1:00 pm
Practice starts 3:00 pm
Qualifying 6:00 pm
Racing 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 21, Bronson Motor Speedway
Pit gate opens 2:00 pm
Grandstands 5:00 pm
Racing 7:30 pm

Please call Bronson Motor Speedway for practice and qualifying times 352-486-2763

Simday, October 22, Ocala Speedway
Pit gate opens 9:00 am
Practice 12:00 pm noon
Qualifying 2:00 pm
Racing 3:00 pm

For further information on the events running with each Triple Crown race, please go to www.desotosuperspeedway.com, www.bronsonmotorspeedway.com and www.ocalaspeedway.com.

Troy DeCaire Captures TBARA Win at DeSoto

October 5th, 2006

John Sarppraicone Jr. Took the fast time over the field. Brad Bischoff who has been on a tear in his first season in the high-powered open wheel class had
his problems before the green flag dropped. The transmission failed and he dove in the pits. He was able to come back and take the green holding the shifter in gear for the entire 100-lap event finishing sixth on the evening.

The man tonight would be Timmy Moore who cruised to his first win of the 2006 season. Second place went to a determined Tate Pierce, third was “Ricky” Bobby
Baldwin, fourth went to Wayne Bowman and fifth was Ralph Bowman.

TBARA

Two red flags and several caution flags marred the thirty-lap feature. Steven Bradley was hooked up in a three-car wreck going into turn one on the first lap.
Bradley was removed from the car by the safety crew complaining of back pain but refused to go to the hospital.

The second red was shown for John Anderson as he whacked the front stretch wall out of turn four totally destroying his car. Fortunately he was able to walk away while his car was taken away on the hook.

Mark Gimmler was looking to make it back-to-back wins as he visited the winners circle Friday night at Orlando Speedworld. Gimmler had a strong car leading
the majority of the laps but it wouldn’t last as he and another car made contact sending both cars around. Gimmler finished fifteenth.

Troy DeCaire came out on top taking the win, Dude Teate came from near the back of the pack to take second, third went to Michael Smith, fourth was Randy
Woodall and fifth was points leader Bo Hartley.

Heat winners were Mark Gimmler, Larry Brazil Jr. and Joey Aguilar.

Clear Channel Bombers

1.RANDY JOHNSON
2.JEROME WATLAND
3.JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4.MICHAEL CROOKS
5.RICK GERMONY

DeSoto Pro Trucks

1.JEFF FIRESTINE
2.DANNY ANDERSON
3.DEWAYNE BARRUS
4.JIM REPPI
5.GARY DEEMER

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1.DEAN BUTRUM
2.MIKE KERRIVAN
3.KEVIN WOOD
4.ROBERT CARTER
5.WAYNE BELLAMY

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.DUANE BEST
2.DARRIN ELLIS
3.TYLER LAU
4.RICHIE THORBIN
5.DAVID YAHRAUS

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.JOEY BARNES
2.WILLIAM SLACK
3.DENNIS WILSON
4.ALEX ABBOTT
5.JAMES NANNEY

Cowboy Caddies

1.DUANE CAMPBELL SR.
2.ANTHONY EASTON
3.CHRIS BETZ-R
4.SHEILA GIBSON
5.JOE GAGEN

Walters Makes it Back 2 Back Wins in AACS

September 27th, 2006

AACS

The Super Late Model qualifying showed a lot of fast times around the “High Banks” with all the cars in the mid 14 second range with “Super” Mario Gosselin cruising around the speedway with a 14.51 second time to take the top spot. With David Wilson, Jessie Dutilly, Scot Walters and Jeff Sloan making up the top five.

The die was rolled and two rows were inverted for the 125-lap race. Jessie Dutilly and Scot Walters sat on the front row and when the green dropped Walters (who had fast time and won the last race for the Supers) wasted no time and took the top spot while Dutilly slid into second.

It wasn’t long before Gosselin and Wilson were on Dutilly and got past for second and third. There was plenty of action all through the field. “The Rocket Man” Wayne Jefferson, who came into the race third in the points chase, got together with Jeff Sloan and Sloan made a wild pass for posistion. Jefferson was sent to the rear while Sloan held his spot. Jefferson would come back to finish sixth while Sloan fell back later in the race taking home an eighth place finish.

Also having a rough night was point’s leader Chris Fontaine. “The car was just way off all night long” Fontaine said after the race. Fontaine had dropped out of the top ten during the race but had moved up when the yellow came out as the leaders crossed the stripe with the white flag showing. The green and white was shown together and as He rolled into turn one the brake pedal went to the floor sending him backwards into the turn one wall. “That was one of the hardest hits I have ever taken,” he said. Fontaine finished seventh.

The late race yellow was for the spinning cars in turn one and two that included Gosselin who was going for the last lap run for the lead when a lapped car entered into the picture. Several cars including second place Gosselin went around.

The green and white flags were shown together and Gosselin who had suffered front end damage in the wreck made one last charge but was unable to get as Walters took his second win in a row in a car formerly piloted by Gosselin. “Super Mario” took the second spot. David Wilson had another superb run finishing third. Jessie Dutilly had a solid fourth place run, Jeff Choquette who had struggled all night was able to salvage a fifth place run.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

When of the best fields of “Pro Trucks” the state has seen in awhile was on had as twenty rolled out for the twenty-five lap feature.

Danny Anderson took one of the wildest rides when he almost went his roof as he got together with Clint Snyder. Both racers were able to continue.

Corey Choquette moved around all the action and took the lead and never looked back as he took his first win in only his third time behind the wheel of his truck. George Gorham Jr. survived the fray finishing second, third went to points leader Jeff Firestine, fourth was David Hartin and Michela Cenzi rounded out the top five.

Clear Channel Bombers

1.Randy Johnson
2.Don Slack
3.Pete Barr
4.James Crawford Jr.
5.Rick Germony

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1.Dean Butrum
2.Matt Watts
3.Mike Kerrivan
4.Jon Bailey
5.Wayne Bellamy

Golden Corral Mod Minis

1.Marty Neikins
2.Dustin Perez
3.Billy Carlbert Jr.
4.Steve Booth
5.Bryan Wagner

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.Richie Shepard
2.Duane Best
3.Darrin Ellis
4.Leonard McCue
5.Tyler Lau

Sportsman

1.Joe Shave
2.James Casady
3.Guy Sheets
4.Bubba Thompson
5.James Brenner

Cowboy Caddys

1.Joe Gagen
2.Duane Campbell Jr.
3.Anthony Easton
4.Chris Betz

Jefferson Takes Open Wheel Checkers

September 20th, 2006

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The field was inverted for the 100-lap feature race putting John Sarppraicone Jr. and Ralph Bowman on the front row.

Sarppraicone jumped out to the early lead with Bowman right on his tail. Sarppraicone had his handsful, as it was apparent the handle was just not there for the 88 machine.

Coming out of turn four the 88 looped with a broken trailing arm sending him to the pits. He was able to come back out but had to start on the tail end of the field but stayed on the lead lap.

Bowman moved into the lead but he also began having problems as the car began to cut off on him. Fast qualifier Jefferson slid under Bowman and took the top spot. Bowman was able to get the car back on track and finished in sixth spot.

Upfront Jefferson was pulling away from second place Tate Pierce but several late race cautions had Pierce right on the “Rocketman’s” rear bumper.

Pierce would stay close on the restarts but on the long green flag runs Jefferson was able to pull away.

Jefferson was able to cruise the final laps and take the checkers. “Tate had a really good car tonight, he ran me hard but we were able to get away and keep under me” said Jefferson in the winners circle broadcast “Live” over the Internet on the Saturday Night Live After the Races Show.

Tate Pierce had a strong run finishing in the second spot, third went Timmy Moore, fourth was Rookie Sensation Brad Bischoff. Finishing fifth and moving into the points lead was ’04 Open Wheel Champ Bobby Baldwin.

FMSC

The fifty laps Florida Mini Stock Challenge series race came down to a three-car battle. Robbie Yoakam was able to hold off the late race charge of fast qualifier Ronnie Larson to take the win, Larson slipped up and Robbie Storer finished in second spot with Larson finishing third. Point’s leader Chris Thorton finished fourth and in fifth Chuck Frazier.

Clear Channel Bombers

1.Jerome Watland
2.Randy Johnson
3.John Stewart
4.Don Slack
5.Pete Barr

DeSoto Pro Trucks

1.Jeff Firestine
2.Danny Anderson
3.George Gorham Jr.
4.Corey Choquette
5.Jim Reppi

Magic 4’s

1.Chelsea LaJoie
2.Clay Joseph Jr.
3.Shane Yoder
4.Albert Nail
5.Dyaln Bigley

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.Duane Best
2.Darrin Ellis
3.Jimmie Best
4.Richie Shepard
5.Tyler Lau

Walters Scores First AACS Win of ‘06

September 13th, 2006

Scot Walters who has run in many NASCAR events including Busch and a full season of Craftsman Trucks blistered the speedway with a 14.51 second run to take fast time for the event. Another former Craftsman Truck racer Billy Bigley Jr. was second fast followed by Wayne Jefferson, B.J. McLeod and David Wilson to round out the top five.

Summer rain rolled in just as qualifying was wrapping up halting the action. The rain delay lasted almost three hours but just as quick as the rain came it stopped, the track was dried and the nights racing action continued.

Hoosier Cup AACS

The field was inverted five rows by the roll of the die putting James Glover and Richie Anderson on the front row. The action started on the first lap as Anderson’s car slid up high going into turn one, as he tried to gather it up coming out of two he slid in front of the oncoming field causing everyone to get hard on the binders. Several cars made contact. Everyone was able to continue except B.J.McLeod who has a solid run going in the championship points run. McLeod retired his ride before taking a green flag lap.

Young David Wilson is making a name for himself in the Super ranks with several solid finishes. With former teammates and veteran racers Dick Anderson and Jr. Purcell lending their expertise this young mans stock rises with every race.

Wilson took over the top spot and held off second place points holder Jeff Choquette for several laps before getting loose and allowing him to get by. Wilson would have problems later in the race and finish thirteenth.

Choquette took over the top spot but it wasn’t long before Walters caught him and moved by for the lead. Billy Bigley Jr. also made the pass for the second spot. Although Bigley made several runs Walters was not to be denied as crossed the stripe to take his first win of 2006 season moving him into the top in the point’s race.

Bigley took the second spot, The 05 Limited Late Model Champion; Jessie Dutilly made his mark in the Supers with his first top three run. Choquette faded back to fourth and in the fifth spot Wayne Jefferson. Points leader Chris Fontaine battled an ill handling car but managed a sixth place run.

Clear Channel Bombers (Double Points)

Jerome “Slideways” Watland started one spot from dead last on the field to win the twenty-five lap Bomber feature event. “The Punisher” Michael Crooks took the second spot, third points leader “Radical” Rick Germony finished third, fourth went to “Dynamite” Dave Davis and in the fifth spot Scott Dawley.

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1.Bobby Baldwin
2.Ralph Bowman
3.Wayne Jefferson
4.Tommy Younkman
5.Dustin Chisholm

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1.Ronnie Larson
2.Dustin Perez
3.Ray Folwell
4.Billy Carlbert Jr.
5.Marty Niekens

School Bus Figure 8

1.Brian Conrad
2.Paul Maness
3.Ernest Helfrick
4.C W McLeod
5.James Volk

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Dennis Wilson
2.Joey Barnes
3.Casey Hall
4.Jeff Padilla
5.Alex Abbott

Cowboy Caddies

1.Duane Campbell
2.Tim Carlough
3.Chris Betz
4.Anthony Easton
5.Joe Gagen

Sarppraicone Takes Charge in GCMS Win

September 6th, 2006

Many of the drivers were having a hard time hooking up to the hot surface during their qualifying runs. It came down to “the Rocket Man” Wayne Jefferson being edged out by John Sarppraicone Jr. by a narrow margin.

Sarppraicone drew the number six pill for the nights feature putting him on the outside of Jefferson in row number three. The newest “Hot Shoe” in Open Wheel racing young Brad Bischoff was on the front row. Bischoff jumped out to the early lead and showed why he will be a force in the Modified class in the near future. Bischoff, who has two feature wins under his belt this season, dominated the race with some heavy hitters racing hard behind him.

Sarppraicone and Jefferson were battling hard trying to get around points leader Lee Collins for the third spot with Bobby Baldwin and Bischoff pulling away for the top spot.

Sarppraicone was able to get around Collins for the spot and Jefferson was getting ready to do the same when a yellow came out on the speedway. Under the caution Jefferson dove into the pit due to gear oil coming out of the over flow leaking onto the track. As the field was getting ready to go green Jefferson roared back out onto the track.

The Rocketman made a show of his misfortune as he charged through the field and was able to get a sixth place finish on the nights run.

Up front Bischoff had his hands full as Baldwin and Sarppraicone put the heat on the youngster. Bischoff showed his skill but also his youth as coming out turn four nearly lost it, almost going sideways in front of the field.

Just when it looked like the front-runners would be taken out Bischoff gathered the car up, moved out of the way and slid right into the third spot. Baldwin and Sarppraicone were side by side when they crossed the stripe and into turn two, but it was Sarppraicone who was the leader coming out of turn two.

From the point on it was all “Junior” as went unchallenged and roared to his first win in the GCMS. Always the showman after winning a race (last feature win he climbed into the flag stand) Sarppraicone threw his racing gloves into the stands.

Bobby Baldwin had a solid second place run, Bischoff (who lead the most laps) finished third across the stripe, Mike Hinegardner moved closer to points leader Collins with a good run in fourth, Andrew Alderman rounded out the top five.

Cowboy Caddies

1.JOE GAGEN
2.ANTHONY EASTON
3.CHRIS BETZ-R
4.DUANE CAMPBELL

Magic 4’s

1.SHANE YODER
2.CHELSEA LAJOIE
3.ALBERT NAIL
4.CLAY JOSEPH JR
5.CHRISTINA CRAWFORD

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1.DEAN BUTRUM
2.MATT WATTS
3.MIKE KERRIVAN
4.JON BAILEY
5.MICHAEL PEACE

Pyarmid Employers Pure Stocks

1.DARRIN ELLIS
2.JIMMIE BEST
3.DUANE BEST
4.TYLER LAU
5.LEONARD McCUE

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.JOEY BARNES
2.DENNIS WILSON
3.JEFF PADILLA
4.ALEX ABBOTT
5.CLAY JOSEPH

Rain Ends DeSoto Show Early

August 28th, 2006

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

One of the features that did get in before the rain was the Pure Stock class. Jimmy Best took the lead and was never really challenged for the top spot but behind him there was a whale of a race for the second spot.

Buddy Traylor who hasn’t seen action in several years at DeSoto climbed into the car owned by Allen Bragg and put on a show holding off Duane Best who used every line on the track trying to get around for the second spot.

When the smoke cleared it was Jimmy Best taking the win, Traylor finishing second, third went to Duane Best, fourth was Richie Shepard and fifth John Brown.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

Dean Butrum was the class of the field coming from the rear of the pack to take the win, second went to Mike Kerrivan, third was Michael Peace, fourth Tim Herrington and in fifth Kevin Wood.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

Todd Bontrager won the DeSoto Pro Truck feature in point’s leader Jeff Firestine’s ride. George Gorham Jr. was second coming from the back of the pack for and early race altercation, third went to Tim Shaffner, fourth across the stripe was Patrick Staropoli and in the fifth spot Clint Snyder.

Cowboy Caddies

1.TOM CARLOUGH
2.CHRIS BETZ-R
3.SHEILA GIBSON
4.CHESTER LUSK
5.ANTHONY EASTON

Franklin Wins Limiteds, Dutilly and Mitchell Take Powder Puffs

August 19th, 2006

Turner Tree and Landscape LLM

Points leader and last race winner Steve Dorer was fast qualifier over the nineteen car field for the nights 100 lap feature event. Bobby Beauchemin, Mike Hovis, Mike Franklin Jr. and Steve Gill made up the rest of the top five.

The field was inverted four rows for the drop of the green flag and it was Tate Pierce taking the lead and holding for the first eighty-five laps. Hot on his heels was Mike Franklin Jr. who had won his first ever feature after many years of racing at DeSoto earlier in the season. It wasn’t long before Franklin had Dorer chasing him for the second spot.

Cautions were plenty as the yellow flew thirteen times over the course of the race. Pierce eventually lost the handle and Franklin was able to get by for the top spot with Dorer coming along with him.

The final laps saw the top two cars going at it as Franklin did what he could to keep off fast qualifier Dorer. The final three laps were a barnburner as the duo made contact several times. The fans were on their feet as Dorer got under Franklin coming out of turn four to take the white flag. They touched right before the start/finish line sending Dorer spinning wildly into the infield. Dorer would end up ninth on the night.

Franklin went on to take the win, Pierce finished in the second spot, third went to Beauchimen, fourth was A.J. Curreli and in fifth Mike Hovis.

Powder Puff Bombers

Mindy Mitchell won the fifteen lap ladies Powder Puff race in the Bomber cars over the twelve car field, second went to Ann Marie Watland, third was Brandi Brayley, fourth went to Kelli Santana and fifth Tabbatha Slack.

Powder Puff Pure Stocks

Brandi Dutilly added another Dutilly name to winners circle as she dominated the fifteen-lap feature over the other eleven ladies. Second place was Kim Lau, third went to Crystal Tachtenborg, fourth Jessica Vigilo and in fifth Harriet Andries.

Clear Channel Bombers

1.RICK GERMONY
2.MICHAEL CROOKS
3.JEROME WATLAND
4.PETE BARR
5.SCOTT DAWLEY

DeSoto Pro Trucks

1.JEFF FIRESTINE
2.DANNY ANDERSON
3.AL NEUMANN
4.TIMOTHY SHAFFNER
5.COREY CHOQUETTE

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1.DEAN BUTRUM
2.MATT WATTS
3.JON BAILEY
4.MIKE KERRIVAN
5.ROB STODGELL

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1.DUSTIN PEREZ
2.STEVE BOOTH
3.MARTY NEIKENS
4.BILLY CARLBERT JR
5.CAMERON CRUSE

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1.WAYNE JEFFERSON
2.RALPH BOWMAN
3.TOMMY YOUNKMAN
4.DUSTIN CHISHOLM
5.MIKE HINEGARDNER

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.DARRIN ELLIS
2.JIMMIE BEST-R-ollm
3.TYLER LAU
4.DUANE BEST-R-ollm
5.JOHN BROWN

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.DENNIS WILSON
2.DUANE BEST
3.WILLIAM SLACK
4.JIMMIE BEST
5.ALEX ABBOTT

Fontaine Blisters AACS Field

August 10th, 2006

Qualifying for the AACS saw twenty of the states finest late models roll out. Jeff Scofield held fast time in a back up car provided by Joe Boyd until Florida racing ace Billy Bigley Jr. took the fast time. “This car was destroyed at Lakeland in January but with the help of a lot of people we have it back out and it’s fast.”

Four rows were inverted for the start of the 125 lap feature putting Jeff Sloan and young gun David Wilson on the front row. When the green dropped though it was the cream of the crop coming to the front as Chris Fontaine powered his way to the front. Fontaine was the class of the field as he was able to move out to a full straight away lead over the rest of the field.

Several cautions bunched the field no one had anything for the flaming number 47. Behind him though there was plenty of action. In the closing laps of the race David Wilson did everything he could to hold the veteran and fast qualifier Bigley. The former NASCAR racer had his hands full with the young racer. Eventually Bigley was able to get by Wilson for the second spot but there weren’t enough laps left to catch Fontaine.

Fontaine took his second win of the season and moved into the points lead over Jeff Choquette who ended up pulling into infield early into the race with an overheating problem. Second went to Bigley, third was Wilson who said, “Have to thank Jr. Purcell and Dicky Anderson for helping us with this car.” Fourth across the stripe was former NASCAR All-Pro driver Scot Walters, and finishing a solid fifth was B.J.McLeod.

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1.JOHN SARPPRAICONE JR
2.BRAD BISCHOFF-R-owm
3.DUSTIN CHISHOLM
4.RALPH BOWMAN
5.TOMMY YOUNKMAN

Clear Channel Bombers

1.SCOTT DAWLEY
2.DON SLACK
3.JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4.DAVID DAVIS
5.PETE BARR

Magic 4’s

1.CLAY JOSEPH JR
2.CHELSEA LAJOIE
3.SHANE YODER
4.NICK ANDRIES
5.ALBERT NAIL

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1.DUSTIN PEREZ
2.STEVE BOOTH
3.MARTY NEIKENS
4.PHILIP CRUSE
5.BILLY CARLBERT JR

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1.DUANE BEST-R-ollm
2.DARRIN ELLIS
3.TYLER LAU
4.RICHIE SHEPARD
5.BLAIR PONTIOUS

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1.JIMMIE BEST-R-ollm
2.DUANE BEST-R-ollm
3.WILLIAM SLACK
4.GREGORY KROM
5.DENNIS WILSON

‘Punisher’ Goes from Placer to Winner

August 3rd, 2006

Twenty-one cars rolled out for the twenty-five-lap feature and from the drop of the green flag the action was hot and heavy through out the field. Three and four wide racing was everywhere on the speedway.

Michael Crooks who has dubbed himself “the Punisher” and one of the leaders of “the Darkside” racing team methodically moved himself through the field. Crooks has had several finishes in the top three but never had taken the coveted win.

Crooks had destroyed his front running car earlier in the season and was all but done racing this year. But hard work and determination put the number 33 machine back on the track and running towards the front.

Once Crooks made the final pass to take over the lead all that hard work paid off as he cruised to his first ever checkered flag. “Pistol” Pete Barr took a hard fought second. In his first return since the fifty-lapper “Dynamite” Dave Davis showed he still had it finishing third after coming from way back in the field. Randy Johnson finished in the fourth spot and fifth went to Larry Brannon.

Q-Auto and Injury Attorneys Open Wheels

Young Brad Bischoff’s move from karts to the high powered Open Wheels looks to be the right move as he held off the “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson in the thirty five lap feature, to take his second victory of the season. Jefferson took a hard fought second over third place finisher John Sarppraicone Jr. Fourth across the stripe was Ralph Bowman and fifth went to Eric Rudd over the seventeen-car field.

Magic 4’s

Clay Joseph Jr. joined his father Clay Sr. taking his first ever victory in the 12-17 year old novice class. Shane “the Iceman” Yoder raced hard to take the second spot, third Bill Leake, fourth Chelsea Lajoie and fifth David Kimpton.

Desoto Pro Trucks

1.DANNY ANDERSON
2.ANDREW “DREW” BRANNON
3.JEFF FIRESTINE
4.CLINT SNYDER
5.ROBBY McAULIFFE

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1.DEAN BUTRUM
2.ARLIN POPE
3.MATT WATTS
4.JON BAILEY
5.ROB STODGELL

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.JOHN BROWN
2.JIMMIE BEST-R-ollm
3.DUANE BEST-R-ollm
4.TYLER LAU
5.BOBBY ERVIEN

School Bus Figure 8

1.ERNEST HELFRICK
2.PAUL MANESS
3.BRIAN CONRAD
4.JAMES VOLK
5.KEN CROWLEY

Steve Dorer Pads Points Lead

July 25th, 2006

Three rows were inverted Shawn Icely and Justin Larson on the front row. The green dropped and it was Icely who jumped out to the lead.

Dorer rode in the top five for most of the race saving his tires until just past the ¾ mark. Larson raced Dorer hard for several laps before the point’s leader was able to make the move for the second spot.

Icely had built up a sizeable lead while Dorer had battled Larson. It took Dorer just under ten laps to catch the leader. Catching him would be one thing but getting around would be the real mission.

Icely was really struggling coming out of turn four, sawing the wheel to keep the car on a straight line and also to keep Dorer behind him. Just when it looked like the fast qualifier would have to settle for second Icley slipped up and had to get on the binders to avoid contact with wall allowing Dorer to get by.

Dorer was able to cruise on to the win, Icely finished in the second spot, third was Tate Pierce, fourth went to solid running Justin Larson and fifth Lonny Miller.

Clear Channel Bombers

In only his fifth race in a brand new race car Scott Dawley notched his second win of the season. Dawley was able to hold off the charge of Michael “the Punisher” Crooks for the win, third was Randy Johnson, fourth Larry Brannon and fifth Rick Germony.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 JON BAILEY
2 MIKE KERRIVAN
3 ARLIN POPE
4 MATT WATTS
5 ROB STODGELL

Golden Corral Mod-Mins

1 DUSTIN PEREZ
2 MARTY NEIKENS
3 STEVE BOOTH
4 SCOTT RANNEY
5 MATTHEW PERKINS

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 DUANE BEST
2 JIMMIE BEST
3 TYLER LAU
4 JOHN BROWN
5 RICHIE THORBIN

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 GREGORY KROM
2 ALEX ABBOTT
3 JEFF PADILLA
4 WILLIAM SLACK
5 CASEY HALL

Cowboy Caddys

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 LARRY BALLARD
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 CHRIS BETZ

Man of ‘Steele’ Does it Again

July 18th, 2006

TBARA Winged Sprints

Another good field of the Methanol Burning Winged Sprints were on hand to wow the crowd for a second night. Twenty-three cars were separated into three heats races to start the evening off. Dave Steele returned from taking time off to compete in the USAC series to return to the wheel of the Lenny Puglio owned number 91. Steele took the win in Heat number one. The last time this car was at DeSoto it was piloted by Dude Teate and ended up the winner of the thirty-lap feature. Heat number two saw Wendy Mathis lead the majority of the 8 lap race and had the fans on their feet as she battled the closing laps side by side with Troy DeCaire with DeCaire able to get by as Mathis spun on the last lap. Charles Ladner held off Danny “the Hammer” Martin to take heat three.

The fans on hand were on their feet nearly the entire thirty lap feature as “the Man of Steele” put on clinic as he battled his way from his mid pack starting spot on his march towards the front. Mark Gimmlar was the early leader in the 100 plus mile an hour feature.

But all eyes were on Steele as he wheeled his way past cars to eventually catch third place runner Martin. The duo went at it for several laps while maneuvering through lapped traffic. Martin slid high in turn four and Steele never missed a beat making the pass and closing ground on the leader.

The final laps saw the Sprint Car Ace make the pass for the lead and cruise home for a standing ovation win. “Danny (Martin) really raced me hard there, he is a good driver but this car is awesome” said Steele.

Mark Gimmler finished second on the track but was Dqed when he failed to go to tech after the race. Bo Hartley moved up to the second spot thanks to Gimmlers mistake, third was “the Hammer” Danny Martin, fourth was Stan Butler and fifth went to Randy Woodall.

Magic 4’s

The 12-17 year olds in the Magic 4 class also evoked wild cheers from the fans during their 15-lap feature. Andrew “Three Wheels” Pratt looked like he was on his way to his second win in a row as he earned his nickname putting his little Dodge Omni up on three wheels going into the turns.

Pratt had drawn out to a good lead while the rest of the field was going at it behind. Swapping paint and going three wide made these youngsters look like seasoned veterans. Twelve-year-old Chelsea Lajoie who has one win under her belt took the rest of the racers top task as she challenged using every inch of the racetrack. As LaJoie moved into second it looked like an impossible task to catch Pratt until two of the competitors behind them got together to bring out the yellow. In the closing laps LaJoie was able to make the move on Pratt to take her second win of the 06 season. In the winners circle Chelsea said, “I want to thank my Dad (Jeff Dufresene) for changing the tires and stuff”. Pratt took a hard fought second, third went to the new ride of David Kimpton, fourth was Clay Joseph Jr. and fifth was points leader Shane “the Iceman” Yoder.

DeSoto Pro Trucks

Danny Anderson held off point’s leader Jeff Firestine to take his first win in the trucks at DeSoto Super Speedway. An emotional Anderson in the winner’s circle said “ I had a set of wings racing with me tonight, I want to dedicate this to my crew chief Todd Blevins who lost his son recently”.

Following Anderson across the stripe was Firestine, Bill VanDevender took third, fourth was Clint Snyder and rounding out the top five Jason Deaton.

Clear Channel Bombers

With cars coming from Charlotte County Speedway to join the DeSoto class a nice field of twenty-five cars rolled out for the feature. From the drop of the green flag there was action all through the field.

The race went right down to the wire with James Crawford Jr. taking the win, Cliff Mitchell raced to a solid second spot, Rick Germony was third, fourth went to Pete Barr and fifth Michael “the Punisher” Crooks.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stock

The battle for the points in the Pure Stock division is heating up and so is the racing in the class. Drivers were all out in the race and when the checkers flew it was Darrin “Icewater” Ellis taking the hard fought win over points leader Jimmie Best. Best took the second spot, third was Tyler Lau, fourth went to Duane Best and in fifth was Richie Shepard.

Golden Corral Mod – Minis

Dustin Perez found the hook up passed Rick Sirmans and cruised to mod-mini win, Sirmans was second, third went to Chris Thorton, fourth was Steve Booth and fifth and ill running Marty Niekens.

Outlaw Mods

1.Robert Campbell
2.Cliff Steinmann
3.Raymond “Super Frog” Jones
4.Micheal Endee
5.Mike Bean

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Dennis Wilson
2.Greg Krom
3.Joey Barnes
4.Clay Joseph
5.Mike Amo

Scofield Tops AACS Field

July 12th, 2006

Last years track champion in the Open Wheels Bobby Baldwin took the fast time over the seventeen car field for their 50 lapper and Scot Walters former All Pro late model racer took his first time in the AACS in the twenty car field.

Hoosier Cup All American Challenge Series

Five rows were inverted by the roll of the die putting two of the hardest running competitors in the state of Florida on the front row, Jeff Choquette and Jeff Scofield. These two drivers have had their share of run-ins throughout the course of the year. Scofield was in his own racecar just purchased the week before.

When the green dropped it was Scofield who powered out to the lead with Choquette right on his back bumper. Scofield was the class of the field as his car handled flawlessly in the long green flag stints. He also showed his craftiness on the restarts picking a different spot to start almost every time.

Choquette was able to close in on the leader but just did not have the power or handle to take the spot. Choquette has his own battle brewing with third place Chris Fontaine. Choquette came into leading Fontaine in the point’s battle for the end of the year $10,000 championship money. Lap after lap Fontaine worked Choquette several times getting under him but couldn’t make the pass.

Scofield took the win green to checkers in his new ride impressing everyone, Choquette held on for second, Fontaine finished a solid third, fourth went to Jeff Sloan and fifth was Mike Breshnahan.

Q Auto and Injury Open Wheel Modeifieds

The die came up a zero starting the field straight up from qualifying making the front row Bobby Baldwin and “The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson.

Jefferson who had his problems early in the year has put that behind him and dominated the 50-lap feature building up a full straightaway lead on his way to the win. Baldwin took the second spot, third went to Ralph Bowman, fourth was Perry Brown and fifth Tommy Younkman.

Clear Channel Bombers

Scott Dawley had only two races under his belt in his brand new Bomber but that didn’t matter as he raced like a seasoned veteran on his way to his first feature win in only his third race at the “South’s Fastest Short Track”. Larry Brannon made him work for his first win though as the duo raced hard in the twenty-five lap sixteen-car feature.

“This is great,” said an excited Dawley. Brannon took the second spot, third across the stripe was Randy Johnson, fourth was Rick Germony and in fifth Pete Barr.

McLeod Tops School Bus Figure 8 Field

July 5th, 2006

The drivers then lined up for their feature event which had an additional five laps added to it. The drivers did not let the fans down as they battled lap after lap swapping spots and paint along the way.

When the smoke cleared it was Andrew Pratt coming up the third winner of the young class, second went to Shane “the Iceman” Yoder, third was Chelsea LaJoie, fourth went to Clay Joseph Jr. and in fifth Albert “the Hammer” Nail.

School Bus Figure 8’s

After a huge fireworks show, the crowd rose to its feet as the nineteen strong field of School Buses rolled out for their twenty five lap feature. There was plenty of close action at the X and three and four wide racing for the lead.

Bill McLeod in the “Miss Ugly” bus showed the way to the checkers to take the first win of a three bus race July. Ernest Helfrick hung on for the second spot, third across the stripe was CW McLeod, fourth was Scott Brown and fifth Brian Conrad.

Enduro

A strong thunderstorm rolled through the speedway at about the mid way point in the enduro race bringing out the red flag. When the rain let up the green was dropped wet track and all. The drivers had to change their driving styles.

Zane Reid and Jerome Watland put on a show for the fans handling the wet track and it was Reid taking the win, Watland fell back to third with Anthony Crowder taking second, fourth was Clint Snyder and fifth Jay Seykora.

FASCAR Pro Trucks

1. 10 George Gorham, Jr.
2. 96 George Morales
3. 93 Jeff Firestine
4. 0 Scott Bishop
5. 31 Jarrad Cawley

Clear Channel Bombers

1.RANDY JOHNSON
2.RICK GERMONY
3.MICHAEL CROOKS
4.PETE BARR
5.LARRY BRANNON

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.DUANE BEST
2.TYLER LAU
3.KEN SMITH
4.JOHN BROWN
5.JIMMIE BEST

Jimmie Best Wins Richie Thorbin Memorial

June 28th, 2006

Thorbin had a long racing background but was mostly remembered as a Figure 8 racer. Thorbin had come within feet of winning the “World Championship” Figure 8 race but was struck in X. He is also still in the list of Top 25 all time winners at Islip.

The evening started out on a rough note as severe thunderstorms whipped through the area. The night’s events were on the verge of being called off when suddenly the rain began to move away and the skies cleared as if they were moved from above.

Richie Thorbin Memorial 50 lap Pure Stock Shoot-Out

Jimmie Best roared out to the front and was running strong through out the race but the real story was behind the point leader. Richie Shepard the grandson of “Pops” was driving his grandfathers familiar purple number 30 machine. Shepard started in the middle of the pack but had the crowd cheering with each pass he made. Shepard drove like a man on a mission putting the car wherever needed to make the passes for positions all over the racetrack.

The grandstands exploded when young Shepard made the pass into the second spot and set his sites on the leader Best. He made several attempts for the top spot but each time Best was able to hold him off. A late race caution bunched the field but when the green came out smoke began to come out of the 30 car. Even though the car was losing power Shepard was able to hold on to take the second spot.

On lap 49 the field pulled into the infield giving the honorary win to Richie Thorbin.

Jimmie Best was the winner and track owner Sarppriacone delared that the race would become a yearly event at the speedway. After the race an emotional Best choked back tears and said “This ones for “Pops”, God Bless Him”!

The winners circle was awash with family and friends of Richie Thorbin, Keith Thorbin said , “My car wasn’t handling very well but I finished sixth, that’s where my Dad finished last week” as the emotions flowed.

Shepard took the second spot, “I was proud to drive my Grandfathers car tonite, he was right there with me for all fifty laps” he said.

Third across the stripe was Duane “the Scott” Campbell, fourth went to Tyler Lau, and rounding out the top five coming from the rear of the field was Darrin “Icewater” Ellis.

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

1 STEVE DORER
2 TATE PIERCE
3 STEVE GILL
4 DOUG MOFF
5 JUSTIN LARSON

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 JAMIE CASSIDY
2 WILLIAM SLACK
3 JEFF PADILLA
4 CLAY JOSEPH
5 ALEX ABBOTT

TBARA

1) 91 Dude Teate;
2) 3X Bo Hartley;
3) 00M Danny Martin Jr.;
4) 19 David Slawiak;
5) 39 Charles Ladner

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1 RONNIE LARSON
2 CHRIS THORNTON
3 STEVE BOOTH
4 BRYAN WAGNER
5 SCOTT RANNEY

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 MIKE KERRIVAN
3 JON BAILEY
4 ROB STODGELL
5 ROBERT CARTER

Cowboy Caddys

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 JOE GAGEN
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 LARRY BALLARD
5 CHRIS BETZ

Pyramid Employers Bombers

1 JAMES CRAWFORD JR
2 LARRY BRANNON
3 PETE BARR
4 RICK GERMONY
5 DAVID DAVIS

Jefferson Takes Gulf Coast Modifieds

June 20th, 2006

The very popular Gulf Coast Modified series rolled into DeSoto for race number 5 of the season. Lee Collins, former track champion at DeSoto had racked up three wins out of the four events run so far with Perry Brown the only the other winner thus far.

Bobby Baldwin who was last years track champion showed he knew his way around the speedway as he edged out the rest of the field to take fast time.

Baldwin drew the number 6 pill to invert the field. It was Mike Hinegardner who lead the early laps but it wasn’t long before “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson made the move and took over the top spot.

Positions were swapped through out the field but Jefferson went unchallenged to become the third winner in the series. Second across the stripe was Hinegardner, third went to a strong running Sean McLaughlin, fourth went to Robbie Cooper and fifth was points leader Lee Collins.

Magic 4’s

Shane “the Iceman” Yoder has dominated every race in the Magic 4 class. The class is made up of 12-17 year olds in stock 4cylinder cars.

Tonight though would be different as young Chelsea LaJoie would jump out to the lead on the drop of the green. LaJoie wheeled her number 3 machine out to a good lead as Yoder was battling traffic back in the pack. Yoder finally made his way into the second spot but with only two laps to go was unable to track down LaJoie who became the first new winner in the class, Yoder settled for second, Clay Joseph Jr. was third, fourth went to Bill Leake and fifth was Christina Crawford.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Darrin “Icewater” Ellis made is back to back wins in the Pure Stock feature tightening up the points race finishing ahead points leader Jimmie Best who finished second, third went to ’04 track champion Duane Best, fourth across was Tyler Lau and fifth was Duane Campbell.

On a sad note long time racer Richie Thorbin driver of the number 30 car who had finished sixth in the race was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and passed away. Thorbin was a veteran racer who ran Figure 8s through out the country for many years. He will missed by all of his competitors, fans, family and staff at the speedway.

Outlaw Modifeds

Once again the wild 4 banger modifeds put on a wild show and when the smoke cleared it was Cliff Steinmann taking the win, running second was Doug Hopper, third went to Raymond “SuperFrog” Jones, fourth was Phil Brigham and fifth William Campbell.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks
1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 JON BAILEY
3 MIKE KERRIVAN
4 ROBERT CARTER
5 TIMOTHY HERRINGTON

DeSoto Pro Trucks
1 JEFF FIRESTINE
2 CLINT SNYDER
3 JASON DEATON
4 TYLER LAU
5 GARY DEEMER

Cowboy Caddys
1 JOE GAGEN
2 DUANE CAMPBELL
3 LARRY BALLARD
4 CHRIS BETZ

Clear Channel Bombers
1 RANDY JOHNSON
2 JAMES CRAWFORD JR
3 RICK GERMONY
4 LARRY BRANNON
5 DON SLACK

Jefferson Takes 100 Lap OWM Win

June 7th, 2006

Q Auto and Injury Attorneys OWM

When the green dropped it was Sarppraicone who jumped out to the lead with Jefferson right on his back bumper. In what looked like a replay from the last big Modified race except with the positions swapped the race was on. But after several laps the leaders window net fell down and as the Black Flag came out debre on the racetrack brought out the yellow. Sarppriacone dove into the pits to get the net up but would start from the rear of the field on the restart. His troubles would not end there as he battled back up through the field and was challenging for the third spot he went around bringing out the yellow and once again would go to the rear of the field.

Up front Jefferson drove away from the rest of the field and cruised to the win, second went to Bobby Baldwin, third was Tate Pierce, Sarppriacone would come back to finish fourth and fifth went to Ralph Bowman.

Clear Channel Bombers

Once again the Bomber class had the fans on their feet with the three and four wide racing through out the field. Michael Crooks A.K.A. “the Punisher” who has had some strong runs going this season was moving up through the field when Sean Cavanaugh got loose coming out of turn four. As Crooks mashed the gas Cavanaugh made contact with the rear of Crooks. “The Punisher” was turned sideways and slammed head on into the wall with a sickening thud. The crowd rose to their feet as Crooks exited his damaged racecar to the relief of fans and family of the popular driver.

When the green came back out it was three way battle for the lead with Randy “this ain’t your Daddy’s Olds” Johnson coming out on top, James Crawford took the second spot over Milena Firestine who had a solid run for third, fourth was “Pistol” Pete Barr and fifth was “Radical” Rick Germony.

DeSoto Pro Truck Shoot-Out

Todd Bontrager held off fast qualifier Jeff Firestine to continue his winning ways in the truck series. Firestine settled for the second spot, third Mike Bailey, fourth was Danny Anderson with Jason Deaton taking fifth.

DeSoto Magic4’s

1 SHANE YODER
2 CLAY JOSEPH JR
3 BILL LEAKE
4 ALBERT NAIL
5 CHRISTINA CRAWFORD

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 WILLIAM SLACK
2 DENNIS WILSON
3 JAMIE CASSIDY
4 CASEY HALL
5 ALEX ABBOTT

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 BOBBY ERVIEN
2 KEN SMITH
3 JIMMIE BEST
4 TYLER LAU
5 JODY COLLINS

Outlaw LM

1 ED KIDD
2 MARK NELSON
3 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
4 ROBBY McAULIFFE
5 ROBERT HART

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 JON BAILEY
3 ROBERT HAYGOOD
4 MIKE KERRIVAN
5 STEVE DANIELS

Cowboy Caddys

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 ANTHONY EASTON
3 ROGER SWINTON
4 CHRIS BETZ
5 LARRY BALLARD

Franklin Back to Back Wins in Limiteds

May 30th, 2006

Qualifying was up first for the nights racing action with Jessie Dutilly the 2005 champion returning for the first time in 2006 to take the fast time for the Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Model 100 lap feature. William Slack was the top dog taking the pole for the 35 lap International Contractors Street Stock Shoot-Out. In the PBG Legends it was Brandon Thomas with the quick lap.

Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models

The field was inverted by the roll of the die three rows putting Steve Gill and Lonny Miller on the front row. Gill would lead a good portion of the caution filled race and Miller was running a solid top five but a rod through the side of the oil pan ended his night and saw him finish in the twelfth position.

One of the early cautions saw Steve Dorer and Doug Moff battling for the third position. The two got together in turns one and two. Moff slammed into the wall suffering enough damage to end his race. Moff came out of his car and let Dorer know that he wasn’t pleased with the out come. As Moff’s machine was towed into the pits Dorer was sent to the rear of the field missing a fender.

As the race progressed the cream rose to top as Steve Gill, Jessie Dutilly and Mike Franklin Jr. pulled away from the rest of the field. Dutilly, who has many laps around DeSoto, began sizing up the leader Gill as the race wound down. Second place Dutilly made a charge coming out of turn four and just as he and Gill crossed the start finish line they made contact sending Gill slamming into the wall and Dutilly flying in the air over the leaders fender. Franklin dove low and besides a damaged hood was able to continue. Gills run for the win was over and would finish ninth, Dutilly with a lot damage was sent to the rear but was able to come back for a sixth place finish.

“Hollywood” Mike Franklin has been racing at DeSoto for many years but scored his first victory there in the last Limited race. The stars shined on him again, as he would score his second win in a row at “the South’s Fastest Short Track”. “We tried a different set up and we were way off, I really hated to see Gill and Dutilly crash I don’t think we could have caught them but here we are”! Said Franklin.

Tate Pierce stayed out of trouble and brought his ride home unscathed for a solid second. Steve Dorer came from the back of the pack to run third, fourth across was Johnny Casady and rounding out the top five was Kenny Vaughn.

RESULTS

1 MIKE FRANKLIN JR.
2 TATE PIERCE
3 STEVE DORER
4 JOHNNY CASADY
5 KENNETH VAUGHN
6 JESSE DUTILLY
7 JASON BOWSER
8 BUBBA THOMPSON
9 STEVE GILL
10 JEFF FIRESTINE
11 GREGORY KROM
12 LONNY MILLER
13 RICKY BULLARD JR.
14 SCOTT WOODLAND
15 DOUG MOFF
16 SHAWN ICELY

International Contractors Street Stock Shoot Out

Three rows were inverted for the thirty-five lap Street Stock shoot out putting James Nanney and Todd Freed Jr. on the front row. Freed, Last years Mini-Stock Champ, was only in his third race in the car formerly driven by Sue Taylor. But he looked like he had been running the car several seasons as he lead the entire thirty-five lap feature from green to checkers.

It was all easy though as points leader Casey Hall stayed right on his back bumper for the entire race. When the checkers flew it was Freed taking his first win in the V-8 class, Second was Hall, third went to Jeff Padilla, fourth was William Slack and fifth Mike Amo.

Q-Auto and Injury Open Wheel Modifieds

Young Brad Bischoff had many wins and championships in his go-kart-racing career so he decided it was time to move up. Many people questioned his decision to jump into the high powered Open Wheel class but on this night he answered them as he dominated the thirty five lap feature to take his first win in the class.

The rookie driver held off veteran drivers such as Ralph Bowman who finished second, third Bobby Baldwin, fourth Dustin Chisholm and fifth Eric Rudd.

PBG Legends

1.Andy Logan
2.Bryan Silas
3.Chelsa Schilling
4.Chris McDonald
5.Kory Abbott

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 JIMMIE BEST
2 KEN SMITH
3 JODY COLLINS
4 JOHN BROWN
5 DARRIN ELLIS

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 JON BAILEY
2 DEAN BUTRUM
3 CAMERON CRUSE
4 MIKE KERRIVAN
5 KEVIN WOOD

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1 RICHARD KELLY
2 DUSTIN PEREZ
3 STEVE BOOTH
4 RICK PARTRIDGE
5 MATTHEW PERKINS

Cowboy Caddies

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 ANTHONY EASTON
3 ROGER SWINTON
4 LARRY BALLARD
5 CHRIS BETZ

Photo credit: gofastproductions.net

Choquette Unstoppable at DeSoto

May 23rd, 2006

The field was inverted four row by the roll of the die putting Chris Fontaine and Troy McNabb on the front row for the evenings 125 lap race. It took three tries to get the race underway and it was Perry Brown though who jumped out to early lead the lead. It wasn’t long before Fontaine made his way around to take the top spot. Fontaine had led the majority of laps in the last race and was looking like this would be his race.

There were several cautions during the early stages of the race but the running order stayed basically the same. It was during a close to fifty-lap green flag run that Jeff Choquette made his way through the field eventually moving into the second spot behind the hard charging Fontaine.

Fontaine had built up a good lead on the rest of the field but the yellow came out and bunched the field putting Choquette, who seems to have mastered the “Hugh Banks” of DeSoto Super Speedway right on his tail.

Choquette rode behind the leader and almost looked like he was going to settle for the second spot when coming out of turn four made his move on the outside. The duo was side by side when they crossed the stripe with Choquette right up against the front stretch wall. Neither driver lifted and both went around in one. Fontaine backed into the wall but was able to continue Choquette suffered minor damage. The loser in all this was Perry Brown who had a solid third place run going. He also had contact with the wall and ended his night. Both drivers were given their spots back as it was judged a racing incident.

When the green dropped it was Choquette resuming where he left off and eventually powered by Fontaine for the lead and then put it on cruise control and took his fourth win out of six races in the series. Chris Fontaine settled for the second spot, third was “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson, in another solid run was B.J. McLeod for fourth and rounding out the top five was Scot Walters.

1 JEFF CHOQUETTE
2 CHRIS FONTAINE
3 WAYNE JEFFERSON
4 B.J. McLeod
5 SCOT WALTERS
6 JEFF SLOAN
7 JEFF SCOFIELD
8 DAVID WILSON
9 WAYNE MORRIS
10 RICHIE ANDERSON
11 JOHN SPADAVECCHIA JR
12 BRYAN MANSFIELD
13 STEPHEN WEAVER
14 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
15 ROBERT YOHO
16 PERRY BROWN
17 TROY MCNAB
18 JOE BOYD
19 LB SKAGGS

Q Auto and Injury Attorneys Open Wheel Modifeds

The thirty-five-lap Open Wheel feature started off on a wild note when a crash on the backstretch eliminated several of the top cars including Mike Hinegardner, Ralph Bowman and Mark Nelson.

Everyone held their breath though as going down the backstretch long time DeSoto racer Brian Teeters and another car made contact sending it backwards into the turn three wall smacking it with a sickening thud on the drivers side of the car. Teeters was unconscious when the safety crews but was alert and talking when he was taken to hospital to checked out. It was later found among the bumps and bruises he also sustained a fractured arm and a cut on his leg that required stitches.

Robbie McAuliffe who was subbing for Brad Bischoff in his ride from last year battled the 04 track champion Bobby Baldwin in the closing laps for the lead but it was Baldwin who held off the charge to take the checkers, second was McAuliffe, third went to a returning Pat Nanney, fourth across was Eric Rudd and fifth Robert Crisp.

Magic 4’s

Shane “the Iceman” Yoder was gain unstoppable in the Magic 4 feature. Coming from the rear of the field Yoder drove his way to the front to take the win and the $50 gift card put up by Auto-Zone. Also with another solid run it was Clay Joseph Jr. in second and taking the $25 Auto-Zone gift card, third went to Andrew Pratt, fourth was Chelsa LaJoie and fifth Albert “the Hammer” Nail.

DeSoto Trucks

1 JIMMY GILL
2 JEFF FIRESTINE
3 MICHAEL CENZI
4 DANNY ANDERSON
5 TYLER LAU

Clear Channel Bombers

1 MILENA FIRESTINE
2 MICHAEL CROOKS
3 RANDY JOHNSON
4 LARRY BRANNON
5 RICK GERMONY
JEROME WATLAND DQ

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 JIMMIE BEST
2 TYLER LAU
3 JOHN BROWN
4 DARRIN ELLIS
5 JODY COLLINS

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 ALEX ABBOTT
2 JAMIE CASSIDY
3 DENNIS WILSON
4 DALE REIGLE
5 JAMES NANNEY

Outlaw LM

1 MARK NELSON
2 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
3 ROBERT HART
4 ED KIDD
5 JIMMIE BEST

Cowboy Caddies

1 JOE GAGEN
2 DUANE CAMPBELL
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 LARRY BALLARD
5 CHRIS BETZ

‘Dynamite’ Dave Davis Continues 50-Lap Dominance

May 17th, 2006

Harris who was interviewed on the front stretch was asked if she has ever been to the speedway before, “ I have never been here before but I am having such a great time I’ll be back.” Harris proved the point by talking to almost every fan in the stands.

The nights racing started off with qualifying for three classes. In the Bomber division 50 lap shoot out it was Randy Johnson taking the fast time and the extra $100 put up by Richard Markow from Gulf Coast Auto Parts. Following him was Jerome “Slideways” Watland, Milena Firestine, James Crawford Jr. and “Radical Rick Germony.

“The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson took the fast time for the 75 lap feature in the Q-Auto and Injury Open Wheel Modifieds, second fast was Tate Pierce the John Sarppriacone Jr. in his first race of the season followed by ’04 Champ Bobby Baldwin and Wayne Bowman.

The Florida Mini-Stock Challenge Series was in town and Robbie Storer, who has had his share of laps and wins at DeSoto, came out on top and took fast time.

Clear Channel Bombers

Twenty-eight cars rolled out onto the speedway for the 50-lap Bomber shoot-out. The roll of the die inverted the field the full six rows putting Dave Davis and Robert Shaver on the front row.

One of the crowd favorites Jerome “Slideways” Watland encountered problems early with a flat tire. Watland would make his way back out onto the track but he would finish several laps down in the twenty-first spot.

The racing was wild as always with three and four wide through out the field. Positions were being swapped but up front Davis was showing his patience and dominance in the fifty lap events. Davis was the winner in last year’s shoot-out. Davis was never really challenged throughout the event but behind him the competition was hot and heavy.

Robert Shaver had a strong run going in the second spot but it wasn’t long before team mates “Pistol” Pete Barr and “Radical” Rick Germony made their way through the field and by the second place Shaver. The team dueled back and forth for the spot.

When the smoke cleared and the checkers flew it was Davis taking his second shoot-out win in as many years, Germony moved up and took second, third was Barr, fourth went to “The Punsher” Michael Crooks and fifth went to fast qualifier Randy Johnson.

“I just want to thank all the guys in this class, it wasn’t long ago that flipped this car and everyone got together and helped me get it back out in a week” said a choked up Davis in the winners circle.

Q-Auto and Injury Open Wheel Modifieds

A zero came up on the roll of the die and field took the green the way they qualified. Wayne Jefferson driving the number 61 of Chet Senkossoff jumped out to the lead with Tae Pierce in the second spot.

John Sarppraicone Jr. who had spent last season running the “Hooters Pro Cup” series wasted no time and got around Pierce and set his sites on the leader.

A crash on the backstretch ended Bill Davis’s night as coming out of turn two had no where to go and slammed into two cars who had spun in front of him. Also involved in violent crash was Wayne Bowman who had a solid top five run going when he got caught up in a crash on the front stretch. Getting caught up with Eric Rudd, going airborne and nearly going into the catch fence. Bowman was able to walk away from the wreck but his car went off on the hook.

The racing up front was heating up as Sarppraicone’s car closed in on Jefferson in every turn. But his run for the top spot would end in turn two as bump sent Jefferson around in a cloud of smoke sending Sarppraicone to the rear of the field. He would climb back up and finish in the sixth spot.

Jefferson would take the green to checkers win, second was Tate Pierce, in a solid run Mike Hingardner finished third, fourth was Mark Nelson and fifth Sean McLaughlin.

Florida Mini-Stock Challenge Series

Robbie Storer and Ronnie Larson had the fans on their feet as they battled for the lead in the fifty-lap FMSC race but the two got together and spun sending both cars to the rear of the field.

Chris Thornton was the “Lucky Dog” in fray as he took win and increased his lead in the points race in the series, second went to Robbie Yoakam, third was Ray Folwell, fourth Ronnie Larson and fifth Chuck Frazier.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 ROB STODGELL
3 JON BAILEY
4 ROBERT CARTER
5 MIKE KERRIVAN

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 JEFF DUFRESNE
2 DARRIN ELLIS
3 DUANE BEST
4 JOHN BROWN
5 TYLER LAU

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 JEFF PADILLA
2 DENNIS WILSON
3 CASEY HALL
4 TODD FREED JR.
5 WILLIAM SLACK

Mod-Minis

1 RONNIE LARSON
2 RAYMOND FOLWELL
3 MARTY NEIKENS
4 DUSTIN PEREZ
5 STEVE BOOTH

Cowboy-Caddies

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 ROGER SWINTON
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 CHRIS BETZ

Choquette Pulls off Wild AACS Win

May 8th, 2006

Race number four saw Jeff Sloan drive a flawless race to take his first win of the season holding off one of this years best drivers Jeff Choquette who had come from the rear of the field. Sloan would back that up with fast time for race number five but he would not be able to complete a two in row as mechanical problems left him with a twelfth place finish.

Four rows were inverted by the roll of the die putting Chris Fontaine and the new ride of Richie Anderson on the front row. From the drop of the green flag the race was a nose to tail affair with Fontaine leading the pack and pulling away from the field.

As Fontaine’s lead grew and the laps wound down it looked like the race was all his. Then a late race caution drew the field together and the slicing and dicing began.

Scot Walters had made his way into the second spot with the “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson into the third slot. The two began not only challenging each other but were hot on Fontaine for the top spot. Meanwhile from mid pack Choquette also began gaining ground and was up to fourth spot.

It was coming out of turn four that all the drivers had decided to make their moves. As Walters made the move on Fontaine, Jefferson was looking low on Walters with Choquette sizing the whole situation out of his windshield. The crowd held their collective breaths as the high powered Late Models went into turn one three almost four wide. In what in an instant looked like a sure wreck saw Choquette masterfully slice his way through from fourth to first. Jefferson kept the handle and moved into second, Fontaine was shuffled back to fourth with Walters in the third spot as the field exited turn two.

Choquette and Jefferson checked out on the rest of the field but a wild battle was going on for third. Lap after lap Fontaine sized up Walters and made his way around for the spot.

The crowd was on their feet as Choquette crossed the stripe for his third win in just five races in the series. Jefferson who finished second said after the race “ That kid (Choquette) is something else the way he wheels that car on worn tires”. Fontaine finished a hard fought third, fourth went to Scot Walters and fifth Richie Anderson.

Clear Channel Bombers

1 RICK GERMONY
2 PETE BARR
3 JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4 RANDY JOHNSON
5 DAVID DAVIS

Cowboy Caddies

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 TOM CARLOUGH
3 CHRIS BETZ-R
4 SHEILA GIBSON

DeSoto Trucks

1 JEFF FIRESTINE
2 DANNY ANDERSON
3 MIKE BAILEY
4 GARY DEEMER
5 JOSH SCHMIDT

MAGIC 4’s

1 SHANE YODER
2 CLAY JOSEPH JR
3 AUSTIN CRAIG
4 ALBERT NAIL
5 ANDREW PRATT

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 ROBERT HAYGOOD
3 MIKE KERRIVAN
4 JON BAILEY
5 BRUCE MOREHOUSE

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1 STEVE BOOTH
2 MARTY NEIKENS
3 RAYMOND FOLWELL
4 RICK SIRMANS
5 DUSTIN PEREZ

Outlaw LM

1 MARK NELSON
2 ROBERT HAYGOOD
3 JIMMIE BEST
4 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
5 ROBERT HART

International Contrators Street Stocks

1 JAMIE CASSIDY
2 WILLIAM SLACK
3 CASEY HALL
4 MIKE AMO
5 TODD FREED JR.

‘Hollywood’ Mike Franklin Jr. Scores First DeSoto Win

April 25th, 2006

Turner Tree and Landscape LLM

The roll of the die started the field straight up from qualifying and the action started on the first lap. Pole sitter Gill slipped coming out of turn two nearly spinning in front of the entire field on the backstretch bringing out the first of many yellows on the night. Gill’s night didn’t get any better and ended up finishing sixteenth on the night after a good qualifying run.

Cautions were plenty during the 100-lap event and several front-running cars were involved in altercations on the track including Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Greenwell who was subbing for Steve Arnold. Greenwell had front-end damage on his car early and was able to only come out of the night with and eleventh place run.

Tate Pierce also had his problems as he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The popular driver was involved in several problems on the track and finished fourteenth.

Up front Doug Moff charged out to the front and looked like he would cruise away to the win sometimes gaining a full straightaway advantage over the rest of the field. Mike Franklin Jr. was running in a solid second spot conserving tires. As the laps wound down it was apparent that Moff was having a hard time keeping the handle on his machine as Franklin began closing in on the leader.

The tail end of Moff’s machine began getting loose coming out of turn four and it wasn’t long before Franklin found the line and got around the former champion in the series. Steve Dorer who had qualified mid-pack for the nights race began making his move towards the front and it wasn’t long before he made the pass on the ill handling Moff and set his sites on the leader Franklin.

A late race caution slowed the field and allowed Moff’s tires to cool. He made one last charge at Dorer when the final green came out but after several laps the handle went away again. Moff would drop back and finish eighth on the night.

The final three laps were a barn burner with Dorer all over the leader Franklin. Dorer who looked like he had the better car on the track did everything he could to get around Franklin but each time the leader would slam the door on him.

When the checkers flew it was “Hollywood” Mike Franklin Jr. taking the win. “ I want to apologize to Steve for racing him like that” said Franklin in the winners circle “ but I have been racing at DeSoto for almost twenty years and this is my first win here and I really wanted it.”

Second place Dorer said “ I don’t have any problems with Mike it was a good hard race, we had trouble in qualifying but my team really worked hard this car and we got it right.”

Johnny Casady who finished a solid third place said “We just stayed out of trouble and it paid off.” Fourth place went to Kevin Ingram and Lonny “The Flash” Miller had a great run in fifth.

Q Auto and Injury OWM

The whirlwind that has followed “The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson since winning the “Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125” Super Late Model race on opening day was one that some drivers would question what was happening.

Jefferson had qualified first if both the last Super Late Model and Open Wheel races and looked like the car to beat in both races only to encounter mechanical problems.

But on this night the Jefferson of old shone through as once he made his way from mid-pack and took the lead he cruised to the win. “I want to dedicate this to my new son Chase and my wife Paula” said Jefferson.

Tommy Younkman has been trying to find the handle on his first year in the Open Wheel class and this week it finally paid off taking the second spot, third went to Mark Nelson, fourth was Brian “DeJaVu” Teeters who recovered from his hood flying up in front of his windshield while leading early in the race and rounding out the top five was Dustin Chisholm.

Clear Channel Bombers

In a wild last lap pass Jerome “Slideways” Watland edged out the “Punisher” Mike Crooks to take the win by a fender. Randy Johnson was right there for third. Questions about the front running cars motors were answered in tech as the top three were tore down to the cranks and all were found to be legal. Fourth was “Pistol” Pete Barr and in fifth Robert Blackmore.

Sloan Holds Off a Hard-Charging Choquette

April 17th, 2006

Choquette would qualify third on the grid of the high powered Super Late Models. Jeff Sloan who had a solid top three run in the last race qualified in the second spot.

Fast time for the event went to the “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson. Although it was Jefferson’s first fast time in the Super just last week he had taken fast time for the 50 lap modified race. Also pumping up the “Rocketman” was the first trip to the racetrack for the “Rocketbaby” Chase Jefferson who was released from All Children’s Hospital in the past week.

Hoosier Cup AACS

The field was inverted four rows putting “Big” Wayne Morris and veteran Late Model racer Daryl Shenut on the front row. Shelnut would take the lead on the drop of the green and would dominate the first quarter of the race. B.J. McLeod followed in the tire tracks of Shelnut as the duo pulled away from the rest of the field. McLeod had a solid run going until the car began slow and then looped coming out of turn four.

McLeod would dive into the infield pits for replacement of flat right rear tire. He would return to the track and the end of the field and made his way back through the pack but could only muster an eleventh place finish.

Next up to challenge Shelnut was Tim Russell. Russell had dominated in the Limited Late Model class at DeSoto but as of yet had not found his stride in the Super class. Russell made several attempts at the leader but Shelnut slammed the door on him each time.

Behind the leaders the battle was heating up. Fast qualifier Jefferson was shuffled back in the field and it was later found out that he had lost power steering around lap 35, the Rocketman continued to run hard staying in the top five.

Meanwhile Choquette had caught third place runner Jeff Sloan. Choquette who damaged the nose of his car early in the race looked like he was going to make the move for third when his car slid high. Choquette’s car slowed dramatically on the track bringing out the yellow. With a flat left rear it looked like his bid for three in a row would end. Choquette dove into the pits and as the field took the one to go sign roared back out onto the track and the tail end of the field.

Shelnut continued to lead but now it was Sloan who was making his move for the second spot. Russell would slide high and open the door as Sloan slid into second and set his sites on Shelnut. It wasn’t long before Sloan was right on the back bumper of the leader. Sloan would try every line in the book to get by Shelnut but each time he was denied. After being given the “Pick a line” signal from the flag stand and being threatened with the Black Flag Shelnut gave Sloan the racing line and he was able to get by.

Just when it looked like Sloan would cruise to the win Choquette appeared from no where into the second spot. Sloans lead evaporated lap after lap and with two to go Choquette was challenging for the lead. Choquette made one last dash for the lead but Sloan did something the top Late Model drivers in the state have not been able to do, beat Choquette to finish line and take the win. Choquette would settle for second, third would go to a hard charging Chris Fontaine who had started fourteenth, fourth across the stripe was a struggling Wayne Jefferson and fifth Tim Russell.

Magic 4’s

The growing class for kid’s 12-17 years old had the fans on their feet with an action packed feature. Young Dylan Bigley son of Billy Bigely Jr. had the crowd holding their collective breathes as flipped on his roof. With safety in mind in the rules for this class Bigely was helped out of his car without a scratch. The safety crew flipped his car back over and without hesitation he jumped back in, fired it up and finished sixth on the night.

It was Shane Yoder making it two wins in a row, Clay Joseph Jr. took the second spot, third went to Bill Leak, David Kimpton was fourth and in fifth Chelsea LaJoie.

Clear Channel Bombers

1 JOHN STEWART
2 DAVID DAVIS
3 JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4 MILENA FIRESTINE
5 JEROME WATLAND
KENNY GIBSON DQ

DeSoto Trucks

1 JEFF FIRESTINE
2 JIM REPPI JR
3 JIM REPPI
4 CLINT SNYDER
5 GRAHAM McCORVEY

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 CAMERON CRUSE
2 MIKE KERRIVAN
3 DEAN BUTRUM
4 TODD FREED JR.
5 MICHAEL PEACE

Outlaw LM

1 MARK NELSON
2 RICHARD HAUGH
3 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
4 ZACHARY PERRY
5 DUANE BEST

OUTLAW MODIFIED

1 ROBERT CAMPBELL
2 WILLIAM CAMPBELL
3 MIKE BEAN
4 ROBBIE BEAN
5 CRAIG SHERAR

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 DARRIN ELLIS
2 JIMMIE BEST
3 JODY COLLINS
4 JEFF DUFRESNE
5 RICHIE THORBIN
BOBBY ERVIEN DQ

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 WILLIAM SLACK
2 DENNIS WILSON
3 CASEY HALL
4 JAMIE CASSIDY
5 WAYNE DOVE

Gimmler Wins Dick Friedly Memorial

April 10th, 2006

The first three races were held at Sunshine Speedway with Sport Allen taking the first trophy. Joey Aguilar won the second event and Wayne Reutimann Jr won the final race at Sunshine. The race then moved to Charlotte County Speedway and saw long time TQ Midget driver Gary Gimmler take the win.

Twenty-seven of the high powered machines took to the track for three qualifying heat races. With wild slicing and dicing during the eight lap events Jimmy Alvis, Troy DeCaire and Bo Hartley was the top three for heat one. Heat two saw Micheal Smith, Wayne Reutimann Jr and Larry J. Brazil finished in that order with Keith Butler winning heat three followed by Mark Gimmler and Danny Martin Jr.

Twenty-five cars rolled out for the thirty five-lap feature. When the field lined up for the four wide salute to the fans the crowd rose to their feet with applause. The racers then formed the “Missing Man” formation in memory of Mr.Friedly.

It took two tries to get the feature underway and it was Mark Gimmler taking the lead. The action heated up quickly as several yellows flew. Most of the problems were in turn four, as cars would spin down into the infield kicking up large clouds of dust.

Danny Martin Jr. looked like the man on the move as was cruising through the field getting up to the third spot before mechanical woes would end his night and finishing 18th.

The save of the night went to Wayne Reutimann Jr. as he was battling Jimmy Alvis, going into turn three the two touched tires sending Reutimann sliding hard towards the wall. Hard on the binders he was not only able to keep it off but also was on the gas and never lost a spot.

Up front Gimmler was able to hold off everything that was thrown at him cruising to the checkered flag joining his brother Gary Gimmler as winners in the Dick Friedly Memorial. Stan Butler took second, third across the stripe Wayne Reutimann Jr. fourth went to Jimmy Alvis and fifth Larry Brazil.

Q Auto and Injury OWM

Wayne “the Rocketman” Jefferson has been on a roller coaster since his victory in the “Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125” Super Late Model race. Two more hard fought top tens in the next two races and the birth of he and his wife Paula’s first child Chase has kept Jefferson going in a whirl wind of emotions.

Jefferson returned to the Modified ranks for the nights 50 lap feature and would take fast time for the race. “I want to dedicate this to my son who is still in the hospital but should be home this week” said The Rocketman.

Four rows were inverted by the roll of the die putting Eric Rudd and Dustin Chisholm on the front row. It was Rudd who jumped out to the early lead.

It wasn’t long before Jefferson had made his way through the pack and took over the top spot. It looked like he would drive away when on a restart he slowed and pulled into the infield. Jefferson quickly rejoined the tail end of the field and roared back towards the front with his apparent mechanical woes gone.

Tate Pierce took over the top spot but it wasn’t long before Jefferson made his way back through the pack and in the second spot. Pierce had built up a good lead but a late race caution bunched the field up. What looked like a brewing battle ended as the green flag came out, the axle on Jefferson’s car failed sending him to infield for the night giving him and 11th place finish.

Pierce had his handsful in the closing laps as Ralph Bowmen closed in for a run at the lead but it was Pierce holding on for the win. Bowmen settled for second, with a solid run in third it was Tommy Younkman, fourth went to Eric Rudd and fifth Dustin Chisholm.

Clear Channel Bombers

1 SEAN CAVANAUGH
2 MICHAEL CROOKS
3 PETE BARR
4 DAVID DAVIS
5 RANDY JOHNSON

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 ROBERT HAYGOOD
2 JON BAILEY
3 MIKE KERRIVAN
4 ROB STODGELL
5 TODD FREED JR.

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 ALEX ABBOTT
2 CASEY HALL
3 JESSE DUTILLY
4 JAMIE CASSIDY
5 BRUCE RIGGIO

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 DAVID YAHARUS
2 DARRIN ELLIS
3 JEFF DUFRESNE
4 DUANE BEST
5 KEN SMITH

Golden Corral Mod Minis

1 RICHARD KELLY
2 MATTHEW PERKINS
3 JOE IRWIN
4 STEVE BOOTH
5 DUSTIN PEREZ

Cowboy Caddies

JOE GAGEN
2 DUANE CAMPBELL
3 ROGER SWINTON
4 ANTHONY EASTON
5 CHRIS BETZ

Choquette Makes it Two AACS Wins in a Row

April 3rd, 2006

Both had identical times of 14.62 but it was Choquette who would be on the pole by virtue of being higher in the points. Three rows were inverted by the roll of the die putting Jeff Sloan and Darryl Shelnut up front. Shelnut would jump out to the lead on the drop of the green. The field remained tight with some side by side action, as they would go 47 straight laps without a caution.

Jeff Scofield who had his problems in race #2 once again had his share of bad luck. Apparently a tire was going down as he dashed into the infield pits for service from his pit crew. This would take him to the rear of the field for the re-start with plenty of laps but a lot of traffic ahead of him.

Wayne Anderson had a solid top five run going when lapped traffic became a factor. With a car spun in turn two Anderson had to slam on the binders to avoid him. As he did his car slid up making contact with the wall. Although the impact was minor it was enough to knock the handle out of it. Anderson would struggle the rest of the evening finishing 8th.

Choquette began making his march towards the front using every groove on the racetrack. It wasn’t long before he had caught the leader. Shelnut being the veteran would not make it easy for Choquette. Everytime Choquette would get a run on the leader Shelnut would slam the door. Choquette made a move going down the backstretch and was side by side with Shelnut going into turn three, coming out of turn four Shelnut bobbled and Choquette roared to the lead.

Choquette went un-touched in the closing laps and made it two in a row in the AACS. “This feels really great, the car was awesome. I really have to thank my Dad for putting up with me”, said the winner. Finishing second Shelnut said “ We have really been working on this car and I think we just about have it”. In a solid run for third was Jeff Sloan, battling back from earlier problems was Jeff Scofield taking fourth and also coming back was points leader “The Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson who had dropped back to tenth.

Magic 4′s

Terry Leiter of G&E Transmissions sponsored the first points race for the Magic 4 class putting up gift cards from Auto Zone for the top three drivers in the race.

Running on the inner track the 12-17 year olds showed they were ready for their first race running side by side and swapping sheet metal throughout the 10-lap feature.

When the smoke cleared it was Shane Yoder taking the win and $100 Auto Zone gift card, Bill Leak was second, Chelsea LaJoie took third, in fourth Albert “the Hammer” Nail and rounding out the top five Clay Joseph Jr.

DeSoto Trucks

It was Super Late Model ace Wayne Anderson returning to the winners circle in the DeSoto Truck race. Danny Anderson was giving the leader a run for his money until something let loose in the rear end of the #50 truck ending his night.

Second was Jeff Firestine, third went to Clint Snyder, Jim Reppi took fourth and fifth Dustin Bates.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 JIMMIE BEST
2 JEFF DUFRESNE
3 JODY COLLINS
4 TRAVIS ROLAND
5 DARRIN ELLIS

Outlaw LM

1 MARK NELSON
2 ADAM KING
3 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
4 JIMMIE BEST
5 CRAIG ROBINSON

Q Auto and Injury OWM

1 SEAN MCLAUGHLIN
2 ERIC RUDD
3 BRIAN TEETERS
4 DUSTIN CHISHOLM
5 CLYDE COLE

Clear Channel Bombers

1 RANDY JOHNSON
2 RICK GERMONY
3 MILENA FIRESTINE
4 MICHAEL CROOKS
5 DAVID DAVIS

Ingram Takes DeSoto Limited Win

March 27th, 2006

The die came up a zero starting the field straight up from qualifying and after a couple tries the green finally came out for the 100-lap feature.

Moff took off like a rocket and began to build a huge lead over the rest of the field. Lap after lap Moff’s lead grew to almost a half a lap. It was beginning to look like he would walk away with an easy win.

A late race yellow bunched the field and Kevin Ingram who started in the fourth spot had battled his way to second was now starting right on the back bumper of the leader. Moff got off to a good start but it wasn’t long before Ingram was challenging for the lead.

Coming out of two Ingram got under the leader Moff and the duo drag raced down the backstretch. Going into three the two touched, Moff backed his ride into the wall and after a few green flag laps pulled it into the infield ending his night.

>From the point on it was all Ingram as he cruised to the win, second across with a great run by Steve Dorer who over came practice session problems, third went a strong running A.J.Currelli, fourth was Tate Pierce and fifth Steve Gill.

Clear Channel Bombers

Last week Jerome “Slideways” Watland was dominating the race when under the red flag for Dave Davis’s flip his car began to sputter, when the yellow came back out he dove into the pits only to find he was running out of fuel.

With his tank refueled he came back out onto the track and came from the back of the pack to finish in the second spot.

Tonight he would not have the same problem and with a full fuel cell dominated the 25-lap feature. The last five laps though James Crawford Jr. would give him a run for his money running him strong on the outside but he was not able to get the pass completed.

Watland took home the trophy, Crawford was second, third was “Radical” Rick Germony, Randy Johnson came home in fourth and fifth Mike Crooks.

FASCAR Pro-Trucks

George Morales took the fast time for the visiting Pro-Truck series and held off a hard racing young Scott Bishop to take the win over the 21 truck field, Bishop was second, third was another young gun, David Wilson, fourth went to Mike Bailey and fifth was Danny Foster.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Earler in the day Jamie Cassidy had said he felt like tonight would be his night and he didn’t let anyone down as he took his first win of the season in the Street Stocks, second would be William Slack, third Dennis Wilson, fourth went to Alex Abbott and fifth Clint Roberts.

Q Auto and Injury OWM

1 DUSTIN CHISHOLM
2 ROBERT CRISP
3 BRAD BISCHOFF
4 LB SKAGGS
5 MIKE HINEGARDNER

Outlaw LM

1 ADAM KING
2 DUANE BEST
3 JIMMIE BEST
4 DENNIS NEIGHBOR SR
5 ZACHARY PERRY

Magic 4′s

1 SHANE YODER
2 BILL LEAK
3 CLAY JOSEPH JR
4 AUSTIN CRAIG
5 CHELSEA LAJOIE

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

1 JESSIE DUTILLY
2 TODD FREED JR.
3 BRUCE MOREHOUSE
4 JON BAILEY
5 ROB STODGELL

Cowboy Caddies

1 JOE GAGEN
2 DUANE CAMPBELL
3 ROGER SWINTON
4 ANTHONY EASTON
5 CHRIS BETZ

The ‘Stars’ Shine at DeSoto Super Speedway

March 20th, 2006

As the afternoon turned into evening the parking lot changed from a Florida short track to the infield of Talladega. Campers and pick-ups flying their favorite driver’s banners were everywhere.

The drivers flew into Sarasota/Bradenton Airport from the site of next Nextel race in Atlanta courtesy of none other than Rusty Wallace himself. As the police escort roared into the speedway the crowd erupted in cheers. The drivers were escorted into their private motorcoach in preparation of an evening like DeSoto has not seen in years.

There was a good contingent of media on hand as the drivers came out for their press conference. As the questions were bantered back and forth between the reporters and drivers a question was asked why they would make the journey back to the roots of stock car racing. Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin summed it up, “The racing’s always been about the fans and hopefully as the corporate images grow, the fences between the fans and the drivers won’t.”

After the media and VIP it was on to the autograph session. With the throng of people waiting with all forms of memorabilia from trading cards to hoods the drivers took their places, whipped out the sharpies and for the next hour and half entertained the masses.

From the autograph session it was back to the motorhome to get changed into their racing gear. All the drivers except Rusty were going to climb into some of the local cars of the Pure Stock class for some exhibition racing. When asked why he wasn’t going race Rusty stated “ When I say I’m done I mean it.” Then Gant, Elliott, Marlin and the younger Wallace appeared from the coach and it looked like the past meeting the present. Off they went to the pitside to get strapped in to thrill the fans one more time.

Rusty Wallace has always been known as one of the most entertaining racers on the circuit with his wit on the microphone appeared through the breezeway and up into the tower to join the announcing team to call the race.

The fans rose to their feet as cars and drivers came over the hill out of the pits. Harry Gant was piloting the #18 of Jody Collins. Bill Elliott was behind the wheel of the #35 driven by current Pure Stock point’s leader Jimmy Best. Sterling Marlin was driving the #27 of Duane Campbell and rounding out the field was Steven Wallace in the #12 of Jeff Dufresne.

After 5 laps of hot laps to get the feel of the cars they were ready to do battle in two 8-lap races of which the field would be inverted after the first session. Marlin would start on the pole with Elliott on the outside followed by Gant and Wallace in the second row.

You would have thought from the roar of the crowd that the green flag had dropped on the Daytona 500 instead of an exhibition race. Elliott and Marlin went right after it as they fought for the top spot Behind them Wallace, whose Father Rusty had said had never driven anything like this class of cars took a few laps to get used to his ride began challenging Gant for third spot. The duo ran door handle to door handle lap after lap. When the checkers flew on the first segment it was Marlin taking the win with “Awesome” Bill taking a close second, Gant edged out Wallace for third spot.

The second leg of the race inverted the field. Wallace and Gant who appeared more comfortable, contested hard for the top spot. It wasn’t long though that Marlin and Elliott were back at it for the lead. Marlin took over the top spot and looked like he might make it two in a row when Elliott gave him a little bump draft loosing him up enough to take the lead and go on to win the race.

When asked after the race what he thought of his winning ride Elliott said “ These guys really have this car set-up, it really worked well in the turns and it has one heck of a motor.”

Steven Wallace said, “Man that was a blast I have never driven anything like this, it was a thrill!” When informed that the car he was driving was for sell he exclaimed, “ Stroke them a check!” His father Rusty said “Yea that’s what I need is another race car in my garage.”

Rusty was asked what was next for him and he said, “Well I have to get these guys back to Atlanta then I’m going home to North Carolina and do something I haven’t done in a long time, sit in my own living room and watch the race on TV with my wife.”

With one more wave to the crowd they were off to the coach to change and then back to the airport. As they exited the speedway property the crowd gave them one more cheer that could be heard all the way out to state road 64.

The fans were not only treated to their favorite drivers but some great Saturday night stock racing.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

“Dynamite” Dave Davis was racing his way towards the front of the pack when he got tangled up with Milena Firestine. Davis’s car went airborne flipping over on his roof and grinding to a halt on the speedway. The crowd went silent as the safety crews rushed to the scene. Minutes later a roar approval came up as Davis exited his car on his own power and headed to the ambulance to be checked out. Although a little dazed Davis was ok.

As Davis’s car was towed off the track the leader of the race Jerome “Slideways” Watland dove into the pits, it was later discovered that his car was running out of fuel. He came back out onto the track at the tail end of the field.

The green dropped with Kenny “the Kid” Gibson taking over the top spot. Lap after lap though Watland looked like a man on a mission weaving his way through the field. Watland had made his way to the second spot and when the white flag flew was right on Gibsons bumper for the lead. He made a last run at the top spot but couldn’t get it done with Gibson coming out the victor, Watland settled for the second spot, third was Larry Brannan, fourth went to Randy Johnson and in fifth “Radical” Rick Germony.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

It was Dean Butrum and Todd Freed Jr. putting on a show for the fans as they swapped the lead several times in their 25-lap feature race. When the smoke cleared it was Butrum taking the checkers over Freed. Third was Robert Haygood, fourth went to “Gentleman” Jon Bailey and fifth Mike Kerrivan.

Q Auto and Injury OWM

The 50 lap Open Wheel Modified race went to first time DeSoto winner, Robbie Cooper, second, third was Ralph Bowman, fourth across the stripe was Eric Rudd and fifth L.B.Skaggs.

International Contractors Street Stocks
1 DENNIS WILSON
2 CASEY HALL
3 SUE TAYLOR
4 BRUCE RIGGIO
5 MIKE AMO

Outlaw Mods
1 CLIFF STEINMAN
2 BOBBY DAYTON
3 ROBBIE BEAN
4 MIKE BEAN
5 BILLY CAMPBELL

Golden Corral Mod Minis
1 MARTY NEIKENS
2 STEVE BOOTH
3 JEFF BARNES
4 BILLY CARLBERT JR
5 DUSTIN PEREZ

Cowboy Caddies
1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 ROGER SWINTON
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 CHRIS BETZ
5 SHEILA GIBSON

Photo credit: GamePointPhotos.com – Marlin, Elliott and Gant talk just after the race

Desoto Hits A Home Run With Race Of Champions

March 19th, 2006

The trip from Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR greats and one rising star, took only some 50 minutes thanks in part to Rusty Wallace’s jet and piloting skills. Unfortunately, due to his new ABC contractual requirements, Rusty would have to sit out the on-track competition. But, that actually added to the crowds enjoyment of the evening, as they were able to get an early listen to the new Rusty Wallace, ABC color commentator during this Race Of Champions event.

Arriving stylishly late, the NASCAR stars first met with the media, for the traditional question and answer period. Media representation seemed to run to full spectrum of radio, TV and news print, with the national news identities mixed in with local news reporters like Keels-N-Wheels Magazine, the Bradenton Harold, Tampa Tribune, ABC Channel 7 News (the only network broadcast media present) and several local and state news printers. So access to the drivers was great and the short Q & A period had a down-home flavor, with several informative and entertaining bright spots.

The first question posed was to Rusty Wallace about his return to Desoto Speedway after a few wins in ASA visits some 10-15 years ago. “It’s great to be back. I remember a little bit about my earlier visits with the old #66 ASA car.” Rusty related, “Won a few races here and had a great time. Saw some of the old flags as I came in, they’re kind’a fading in color, but that was real nice that people remember you like that.”

Next question was to Rusty’s son Steven Wallace in reguards to visiting a track like this that his father already had so many fans at and did that make it easier to convert them into Steven Wallace Fans. “I hope it does!” responded an excited Steven, “Getting to race with the likes of Bill Elliot, Sterlin Marlin and “Handsome” Harry Gant it really great. But, when people ask who they should pull for now that Dad has retired, I SAY ME!”

Moving down the line to Harry Gant, his question was about the return to competition in an event like this and how did it feel to get back to the track, so-to-speak. “We’ll I don’t know yet,” Harry related as he laughed, “…this is my first real return to the Champions race circuit, but I’ve been to Desoto before, years ago and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, if these boys will take it easy on the old-timer.”

Both, Bill Elliott and Sterlin Marlin used their first opportunity to talk, to remind us that it was about the fans and getting back to that up close and personal opportunity some fans don’t have in today’s NASCAR. “Not everyone can get to one of the NASCAR events,” began Bill Elliott in his familiar southern drawl. “These events and those like it, afford lots of fans the chance to see some of their favorite drivers, where they otherwise would not be able to do so.”

Sterlin Marlin echoed those thoughts, saying, “The racing’s always been about the fans and hopefully as the corporate images grow, the fences between the fans and the drives won’t.”

Rusty got a chance to hit on the topic of moving from driver to commentator, when ask if the working day had gotten longer or shorter. “I’m not sure,” Rusty started, “I’ve spent the last few days at ABC practicing for an upcoming race I’ll call here in Florida and for my part in the Indy 500, but I’ve recently signed with the World Of Wheel Custom Car Shows to do 15 appearances this year. So I’ve already met a lot of fans across the country. Well just yesterday, I was in Kansas City and Connecticut both, then this morning I was in Atlanta, GA and now Florida. So that ole’ airplane of mine has been running wide ass open, I mean wide open. Sorry about that.” As the drivers and media around him bust into laughter.”

Complete audio of the Desoto Speedway Race of Champions media interviews can be found at www.ShortTrackAMERICA1.com. And don’t forget to check ABC 7 News out of Southwest Florida for video and audio footage.

Running a Twin 8-lap Feature Format, the stars of NASCAR showed the crowd that even in the substantially under powered Pure Stocks, professional drivers can really put on a show. In segment one Sterlin Marlin used his outside pole position to out run Bill Elliott into turn-1. And then hold him off for the first 5 laps, but Elliott showed his ability to run what you hand him, as he passed Marlin for the segment win. Looking on, from their own battle would be Steven Wallace third and “Mr. September” Harry Gant fourth. Segment 2 saw the field inverted. So the younger Wallace lead 2 laps as Elliott and Marlin worked passed Gant in quick fashion. The new fan seeker Steven Wallace, showed he would not be intimidated by the wily veterans of the sport, as he traded paint with both Elliott and Marlin as they rubbed past. But to no avail as Bill Elliott took another very popular short track win. Followed by Marlin, Wallace and Gant.

As for my return to Desoto Super Speedway, owners John and Camille Sarppraicone, have worked hard to build Desoto’s car count, media presence and fan count over the past few years. Events like this Race Of Champions, should show the fans and even a national audience, that their commitment to Saturday Night short track racing in Florida is real. Great job!

Next week it’s back to the Fast Media Group and their second points race of 2006 at Charlotte County Speedway for me. While Desoto returns to regular racing with a Limited Late Model 125 on March 25th, an AACS Late Model 125 on April 1st and the TBARA Winged Sprints return to Desoto for the Dick Friedly Memorial on April 8th. Call 813-817-RACE for more info about an FMG event near you. And Desoto is easy to reach at www.desotosuperspeedway.com.

We’ll See You At The RACES!

Choquette ‘Rocks’ in AACS Win

March 13th, 2006

There were stories of all kinds in the pits. But the biggest of the day was the teaming up of two of the LEGENDS in Florida Short Track racing, “The King” Dicky Anderson putting “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher behind the wheel of his familiar 92 machine. Pletcher who had sold his car and said, ” The only way I’ll ever drive again is if it’s somebody else’s car”, and what a ride to get.

Hoosier Cup AACS

Twenty-one cars signed to qualify for race #2 of the All American Challenge Series. Qualifying was done under sunny skies with temperatures hovering near the 80’s. Times were all in high 14.6 to 14.8 times but it was ’04 and ’05 champion Jeff Scofield who made it two in row once again taking the fast time at 14.58. Choquette was second. The team of Pletcher and Anderson were tenth fast on the grid.

The field of 20 Supers was inverted five rolls by the roll of the die. This put a Florida stock car racing fans dream on the front row. “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher in the Dicky Anderson prepared #92 machine and the familiar #61 of “Mr. Excitement” Jimmy Cope.

The first start of the 125-lap race had to be aborted as Pletcher jumped the gun thus calling for a complete re-start. The second start was clean as the field fired at the line in turn four. Cope blasted out to the lead with Pletcher following in second.

The action started early, on lap 28 Aaron Zartman was shown the move over flag as Cope was closing in on him. Zartman apparently didn’t see the flag or realize that the leader was closing and out of turn two took Cope to the wall sending a shower of sparks and concrete dust off the right side of his car. When Zartman still wouldn’t give the leader a line, “Mr. Excitement” lived up to his name sending the youngster around in cloud of “Hoosier” tire smoke.

Scofield who once again was marred deep in the field was steadily making his way through the pack when coming out of two contact was made with Scofield spinning just off the racing surface on lap 33. Scofield retired for the evening finishing 17th on his quest for a three-peat in the AACS championship.

All eyes were on the #94 of “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson. Jefferson had dominated race #1 winning the “Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125″ and qualified third for tonites race. On lap 38 Jefferson stuck his ride on the outside of the #92 of Pletcher to take over the second spot. He then set his sites on the leader Cope. Pletcher faded back in the field finishing 15th.

Cope was beginning to struggle with his ride from his earlier contact with the wall. Jefferson made several attempts to get by the leader with Cope able to slam the door each time. Jefferson made a move coming out of turn four but Cope bobbled Jefferson made contact with Cope sending him around and brining out the yellow. Jefferson was relegated to the rear of the field for the infraction ending his bid for tow in a row but came back for a seventh place finish.

The move of the night came on lap 86 when Wayne Anderson and Darryl Shelnut were not only battling each other for second and third but trying to find away around the now ill handling leader Cope. Once again the action was in turn four. Anderson and Shelnut had to check up as Cope slipped. As the top three cars slowed Choquette sitting in the fourth spot jumped to the outside and roared into the lead. The handle completely went away in the #61 and Cope finished 13th.

Choquette put it on cruise control and went on to take the checkers for race #2. The young Palm Beach racer had injured his shoulder in the off season and this years racing was in question. When asked about it he said “I have to get one more check up but my Doctor said it was healing real well and to keep on doing what I’m doing now”. With a win and an 11th place finish in the young AACS season he is on a fast road recovery and possibly a championship in ’06.

Wayne Anderson had a solid second place run. Chris Fontaine had a handful with a hard charging B.J.McLeod but was able to hold him off for the third spot. With his fourth place finish and Jefferson’s troubles on the night McCleod moves into a tie with “the Rocketman” for the early point’s lead at 320 points each. Rounding out the five was Daryl Shelnut.

Finishing Order

1 JEFF CHOQUETTE
2 WAYNE ANDERSON
3 CHRIS FONTAINE
4 B.J. McLEOD
5 DARRYL SHELNUT
6 JEFF SLOAN
7 WAYNE JEFFERSON
8 DAVID WILSON
9 SCOT WALTERS
10 DAVID POLLEN, JR
11 TROY MCNABB
12 JOHNNY CASADY
13 JIMMY COPE
14 ROBERT YOHO
15 DAVE PLETCHER
16 JOE BOYD
17 JEFF SCOFIELD
18 AARON ZARTMAN-R
19 ANDREW DYNDUL
20 JOHN SPADAVECCHIA JR
21 TERRY JACKSON DNS

Southern Sportsman Series

Todd Hutto and his crew proved their dominance in Florida Racing touring series as 37 Southern Sportsman rolled onto the track to qualify for the night’s 50-lap feature. Hutto who also runs the Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series and the Gulf Coast Modifeds had 36 racers show up for the first GCM race of the season at the Leroy Porter Icebreaker weekend.

Steve Gainey showed the way not only in qualifying taking the top spot by 6tenths of over the second fast time but dominating the second half of the 50 lapper crossing the stripe first with George Shaver holding off back to back champion Aaron Williamson for second. When interviewed in the winners circle Williamson said, ” I think I was beat by two big motors tonight and we’ll just have to see what tech has to say”. His thoughts were proved fact as both Gainey and Shaver were Dqed in post race tech handing the win to Wiliamson the win. Second went to Rikk MeMehan, third was Ron Heard Jr., Derrik Heath was fourth, fifth went to Authur Conquest. Johnny Mitchell was the winner in the consi race.

Clear Channel Bombers

The rumbling pack of 28 cars rolled to line for the drop of the green flag in the Bomber 25-lap feature. The race was barn burner with field going three and four wide swapping sheet metal over the course of the race but when the smoke cleared it was Barr-None racing taking the top two spots.

“Pistol” Pete Barr took the win from the outside pole, but it was his teammate “Radical” Rick Germony coming from the 18th starting spot to finish second. Also starting deep in the field (20th) “Dynamite” Dave Davis, the ’06 Bomber Champ, clawed his way to a third place. “Lonesome” Larry Brannan held off the charge of “the Punisher” Michael Crooks for fourth Crooks settled for fifth.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

For the past few weeks the focus on the track has been the battle between veteran drivers Jeff Dufresne and Jimmy Best. The duo has had the fans on their feet with their hardcore racing action week after week.

But tonight belonged to Darrin “Icewater” Ellis. Once the #71 driver got out front he walked the dog on the rest of pack taking his first win of the young season. “We put three tires on it tonight and it really hooked up” said Ellis. Jimmy Best came from near the back of the pack to take a solid second. David Yahraus was third, fourth went to Jody Collins and fifth Jeff Dufrsene.

Sarasota Ford DS Trucks

Tech decided the finish in the 25-lap truck series race. Todd Bontrager and Bill Vandevender who finished one two on the track were Dqed in tech with the win going to Super Late driver Wayne Anderson, Jeff Firestine second, third Clint Snyder, Jim Reppi fourth and fifth Dustin Bates.

Magic 4′s

1 ANDREW PRATT
2 ALBERT NAIL
3 DAVID KIMPTON
4 BILL LEAK
5 CLAY JOSEPH JRF
6 SHANE YODER
7 CHELSEA LAJOIE

Cowboy Caddies

1 DUANE CAMPBELL
2 ROGER SWINTON
3 ANTHONY EASTON
4 CHRIS BETZ
5 TOM CARLOUGH

Golden Corral Mod Minis

1 RICK SIRMANS
2 MARTY NEIKENS
3 RAYMOND FOLWELL
4 CHRIS THORNTON
5 JOE IRWIN

Outlaw LM

1 JOEY BARNES
2 MARK NELSON
3 ROBERT HART
4 CRAIG ROBINSON
5 ED KRATZERT

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 DENNIS WILSON
2 ALEX ABBOTT
3 CASEY HALL
4 JAMIE CASSIDY
5 WILLIAM SLACK

Dick Friedley Memorial Moves to DeSoto

March 9th, 2006

Dick Friedley was a big part in making the TBARA what it is today. He crossed the finish line for his final Checkered Flag on October 2001.

Previous winners include Gary Gimmler in 2005, Wayne Reutimann Jr. in 2004, Joey Aguilar in 2003, and Sport Allen in 2002.

Also on the card that night: Mini-Stocks, Mod Mini, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Bombers, Cowboy Caddies, Open Wheel Modifieds 50 Laps.

Gates open at 5pm racing at 7pm.

Dorer Shows the Way in Limited Late Opener

March 6th, 2006

Turner Tree and Landscape LLM

The roll of the dye inverted the field four rows putting the 2004 champion Doug Moff on the point with Steve Gill on the outside of the front row. The field took several tries at the green before getting the first lap of the season in. Jason Bowser was one of the early causalities being caught up in an early race altercation relegating him to a fifteenth finishing spot.

Steve Arnold, who had second fast time in qualifying, also had his problems after making contact with another car Arnold had to dash into the pits with a flat front tire. He returned to the track but again was caught up in incident losing a fender then finally retiring into the infield with a fourteenth place finish.

The first half of the race saw Doug Moff dominate. Moff was in his own time zone building almost a full straightaway lead over second place Steve Gill. Gill also had a good run going in the early stages of the race building a good lead over the rest of the pack and running alone in the second spot.

Just past the halfway mark Dorer made his way through the field and set his sites on the leader Moff. Lap after lap Dorer cut into the lead. When Dorer finally caught Moff the battle was on as Moff did everything he could to hold onto the top spot but it wasn’t enough as Doroer made it look easy getting around the early race dominator.

Dorer put the hammer down and was never challenged as he cruised to the first win in the Limited Late Model class, Moff who finished in the second spot said, “The car was good early in the race but got tight in the later stages and I just couldn’t hold him off.”

The move of the night came with just under five laps to go in the 100 lap feature when Mike Franklin Jr. who had been running in the top five all night saw his opportunity and made the pass to get him into the third posistion, fourth went to Steve Gill and in fifth Mike Hovis.

Q Auto and Injury OWM

Bobby Baldwin who won the ’05 championship in the Open Wheel Modifieds last year on the final race of the season picked up where he left off taking the opening win of the year for the class, Sean McLaughlin had a solid run in the second spot. In only his third time in the car Brian Teeters took the third, fourth across the stripe was Dustin Chisholm and in fifth Dale Shelton.

Trailer Super Center Mini-Stocks

Bruce Moorehouse made some wild moves and looked like he was on his way to the win in the Mini-Stock feature. But Todd Freed Jr. had something to say about that. Freed the ’04 champion and Dean Butrum the ’05 champ made their way through the rest of field they closed in on the leader. With Butrum drafting right on his back bumper Freed made it look easy taking over the top spot and cruising to the win, Butrum finished a close second, third went to Mike Kerrivan, fourth was Rob Stodgell and fifth Kip Bryant.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

The race of the night was once again in the Pure Stock division and the drivers in the fray were once again Jeff Dufresne and Jimmie Best. The duo had the fans on their feet and was in a heated battle lap after lap with Best trying to find the line to get around Dufresne. Each time that it looked like Best would make the move on the leader Dufresne would slam the door on him.

The laps ran out for Best as Dufresne went on to take his second win in row, finishing second Best moved into the lead in the points, John Brown took the third spot, fourth was David Yahraus with fifth going to Richie Thorbin.

Clear Channel Bombers

It was ’05 Champion “Dynamite” Dave Davis holding off the charge of “Radical” Rick Germony to take the win in the twenty-five lap feature. Germony took second, third was James Crawford Jr., fourth was last weeks winner “Chargin” Chester Lusk and fifth “The Mayor” John Stewart.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Casey Hall made it two out of three taking his second win of the young season in the Street Stock division, Jamie Cassidy had a solid run getting around a smoking Dennis Wilson Jr. for the second spot, Wilson was third, fourth was last weeks winner William Slack and rounding out the top five was Alex Abbott.

Magic 4′s

The Magic 4’s, the class made for the young drivers aged 12-17 years old made their debut in an exhibition race and David Kimpton Jr. made it known that he would be the one to deal with in the new class. Kimpton, son of Pure Stock racer Ken Smith cruised to the first ever victory in the class. Second went to Bill Leak, third was Chelsea Lajoie and fourth Albert “the Hammer” Nail.

Cowboy Caddies

It was Duane Campbell “Jr.” taking the win in the Cowboy Caddy feature, second was ’05 Joe Gagen, third went Anthony Easton, fourth Roger Swinton and fifth Tom Carlough.

Photo credit: GamePointPhotos.com

NASCAR Returns to Desoto Super Speedway

March 1st, 2006

Tickets are on sale now for $25 for this very special event, you can call the track at 941-748-3171. Tickets will go fast for this so you don’t want to miss out! Along with the stars of NASCAR there will a full card of high powered racing action including; the Q Auto and Injury Attorney Open Wheel Modifieds, The Clear Channel Bombers, The pyramid Employers Pure Stocks, The International Contractors Street Stocks, Golden Corral Mod-Mini’s, Outlaw Modifieds, Mini-Stocks and the Cowboy Caddies.

So gather up the family and friends and head on out to DeSoto Super Speedway March 18th as NASCAR returns to the “High Banks” of DeSoto Super Speedway. Feel the Magic in the Air!

Gates open @ 5pm racing action starts @7pm!

First AACS Win for the ‘Rocketman’ in Icebreaker 125

March 2nd, 2006

1990 changed his life forever. In a practice run what looked like a simple spin turned turned into a fiery inferno. Leroy was trapped in his car for what seemed like an eternity. When he finally jumped out of the passenger side window the damage was done and a career was over.

Porter recovered from his injuries but never lost his passion for racing. He can be seen in the pits of tracks all over the state. He spotted for Jimmy Cope, Jason Boyd, Pete Orr and is currently spotting for Mike Fritts, one the top Super Late Model drivers in the state.

John Sarppraicone the owner of DeSoto Super Speedway recognized what Porter has contributed to the sport and in his honor renamed the annual 1st Super Late Model race at DeSoto to the “Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125”. “Leroy has given so much for racing I only felt it was right to name the race for him” said Sarppraicone.

LEROY PORTER ICEBREAKER 125

Clouds hung low as the field rolled out for qualifying. The cars were having trouble hooking up in turn 4 after all the rain had washed off the previous days qualifying. It was Jeff Scofield, two time Hoosier Cup All American Challenge Series champion who took the fast time.

The dye was rolled and the field was inverted four rows for the first race of the AACS season. The inversion put “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson on the pole.

When the green dropped Jefferson was off like a shot, he built up a good lead and was never really challenged during the 125 lap event. The racing though was hot and heavy behind the leader and it wasn’t long before Scofield had come from the middle of the pack to move into third behind second place Wayne Anderson. The race came down to the two racing side by side neither giving an inch. It was Scofield who was able to come out on top Anderson dropped back to third.

Although the race started under cloud cover the sun came out and it was obvious Jefferson’s team had been prepared for that as the car was on a rail. Anderson broke a control arm late in the race sending him back to the 14th position. The Rocketman shone the rest of the race taking his first ever All American Challenge Series win and the 1st ever Leroy Porter Icebreaker 125. Scofield came home in the second spot, a solid run in the third spot was Darryl Shelnut. B.J. McLeod was quiet all day long but stayed out trouble and finished a strong fourth in fifth Mike Fritts.

Gulfcoast Modifieds

The field of thirty seven Gulfcoast Modifieds rolled out on the speedway to qualify for the first race of the 2006 season. Former track champion “the Felda Flash” Lee Collins came out on top to take fast time, with a 15.10 time. The second spot went to a surprise run for Dale Shelton with a 15.11 second lap.

The field started straight up and yellow flags flew several times through out the 50 lap feature. Jimmy Houle was one of the casualties of a wreck under one of the caution flags.

Early in the race Dale Shelton was right on the back bumper of Collins for quite a few laps but had problems later in the race and ended up 25th on the day.

Wayne Jefferson did what he could trying to get by Collins late in the race but could not get the move made, Collins went on to the win, Jefferson who pulled double duty on the day finished second, third went to Ralph Bowman, fourth was Robbie Cooper and in fifth Mike Hinegardner.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stock

Jeff Dufresne lead from green to checkers in the 25 lap feature. But the show on the track was Jimmy Best who came from the 19th spot to move in on the leader Best wasn’t able to get around and settled for the second spot, third Duane Campbell, fourth was John Brown and in fifth Jody Collins.

Clear Channel Bombers

“Chargin” Chester Lusk has been close several times to the winners circle but tonite would be his night as he would cruise to the win. The race was for second was a barn burner going three and four wide but when the smoke cleared it was “Dynamite” Dave Davis taking second, third was “Radical” Rick Germony, fourth went to “the Mayor” John Stewart and fifth coming back from a chilling crash last week was “dandy” Don Slack.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Truck Series

1.Todd Bontrager
2.Danny Anderson
3.Jeff Firestine
4.Clint Snyder

Golden Corral Mod-Minis

1.Rick Sirmans
2.Dustin Perez
3.Ray Folwell
4.Clay Joseph
5.Steve Booth

International Contractors Street Stocks
1.William Slack
2.Jamie Cassidy
3.Casey Hall
4.Bruce Riggio
5.Wayne Dove

Photo credit: GamePointPhotos.com

Porter to be Honored at Desoto Super Speedway

February 23rd, 2006

In 1990, LeRoy ran Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday nights and Desoto Speedway (as it was called then) on Saturday nights. It was one of those Saturday nights when LeRoy hit the wall at Desoto changing his racing life forever. Burned badly, LeRoy retired from racing and became an advocate on fire safety in racing.

LeRoy can be seen around the state spotting for some of the “best of the best”: Super Late and Late Model drivers in the state. There is no one that does not know the smiling face of LeRoy Porter.

“I am tickled too death,” said Porter, “to have a race named after me. I only raced full time at Desoto in 1990 but it is still an honor for me. I will be there and expect a great race.”

LeRoy Porter won the Florida Governors Cup at New Smyrna Speedway in 1983 and nearly won it the following year, beaten only by short track legend Dick Anderson. He was the Golden Gate Speedway Late Model champ in 1981, the Tampa track being his home track in those years. Porter was the winner of the 1988 Cracker 200 and as well as the inaugural Orange Blossom 100 in 1989

Drivers from all over the state are expected at this event including Wayne Anderson, Jeff Scofield, B.J. McLeod, Jeff Sloan, Chris Fontaine, and many, many more.

Along with the Ice Breaker 125 which is the All American Challenge Series opener, the Desoto Truck Series, Pure Stocks, Bombers, Mod Minis, Street Stocks and the Gulf Coast Modifieds will also be on the Sunday afternoon program.

There will be an open practice on Saturday, February 25, from 10 am to 6 pm. Pit gates will open on Sunday, February 26 at 9 am with practice from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm. Qualifying will begin at 1 pm with racing at 2 pm.

For further information go to www.desotosuperspeedway.com or call 941-748-3171.

Photo credit: Dave Westerman

Desoto Hosts 1st Annual Leroy Porter Ice Breaker Weekend

February 22nd, 2006

Leroy is a true legend in stock car racing. He has beaten some of the best to ever wheel a stock car ever and proven to be a main stay in racing in general. After a fiery accident Leroy was forced out of a car as a driver but still stays very much involved with stock car racing. It’s only fitting that the Ice Breaker has been named after such a legend in racing.

The Ice Breaker will take place on Sunday February 26th with some of the biggest names in Florida Late model racing in attendance. A full slate of racing action is scheduled with two big races. Check out the lightning quick Gulf Coast Modified Series as they tackle the high banks for 50 laps, and the ground pounding AACS Late models for 125 laps of action packed racing. You won’t want to miss these two classes taking to the high banks of Desoto Super Speedway.

Also racing on Sunday February 26th are the Desoto Truck Series. These aren’t your full size pickup trucks but they really haul the mail. These drivers always put on an excellent show every time they are on the schedule and they aren’t afraid to use the old chrome horn to win a race. Check this series out and see who will take the first victory of the year for these trucks.

Also on tap are the stock cars, the Street Stocks, the Pure Stocks, and the Bombers. These three classes bring passion, heart and desire to win to the track. The Street Stocks will hit the track, and after the race they put on the first night of racing you can’t miss these drivers. The first race of the year was this past Saturday night and 4 drivers went for the win with great racing action the entire race, with Casey Hall taking the first win of the year.

The Pure Stocks put on one heck of a show on opening night with Jimmy Best pulling off the pass on the outside to take the win. These drivers always attack the track and put on one of the better races at the speedway. These “stock” cars will put you on your feet with side by side racing and fender rubbing fun.

With one year under there belts at the track the Bombers haven’t lost the knack for putting on one great show. Jerome Watland took the win the first night coming from 10th position. You won’t need a seat with this class, they will have you standing, jumping, and screaming for your favorite driver.

And last but not least the Modified Minis will be on hand to battle it out for the victory. These little cars tear the track up with speed and agility. Rick Sirmans took the first victory of the year for the class. Can he back it up and make it two in a row? Be at Desoto Super Speedway and find out.

Check out all this great racing action and more at Desoto Super Speedway Sunday February 26th, to check for start time and general race info call the track at (941)748-3171
Or check out www.desotosuperspeedway.com. We’ll see you at the track.

Steele Masters TBARA Sprints

February 21st, 2006

One of the most adamant was “The BOSSMAN” Terry Leiter owner of the car driven by Jimmie Best. Tonite would be the show down of who could not only “Talk the Talk” but also “Walk the Walk”.Pills were drawn in all DeSoto classes to determine starting positions and Best was marred deep in the 19 car field.

From the drop of the green flag the #35 car was on a mission as Best made his way through the pack with only one thing on his mind, get to the front! As the laps wound down he had closed in the on the leader Duane “the Scott” Campbell. Former Cowboy Caddy track champion Campbell proved he would not go down easy as he and Best battled side by side putting on a barn burner of a show for the packed house.

Best was able to get by the hard charging Campbell to take the first victory of what looks like one of the toughest classes in the ’06 season. Campbell finished in the second spot. With a solid third place finish last years “Rookie of the Year” in the Pure Stocks Tyler Lau who put his name in the hat as contender for the ’06 Championship. Jody Collins finished in the fourth spot and rounding out the top five was ’05 Champ Duane Best.

TBARA Winged Sprints

Although 2006 is barely two months old “the Superman” Dave Steele has not lost a beat with two wins in TBARA series and a win in the first race for the USAC Silver Crown cars in Phoenix, Arizona he has put the “Pavement Pounding” Sprint Car world on notice.

Although he finished second in his first heat race he was relegated to a 12th place starting position in the 27 car field. When the field took the green Steele was the class of the field weaving his way through the pack.

Contrails coming off the wing of the #91 machine of Steele showed the speed he was getting down the straights. Unofficially “the Superman”was clocked at laps in the 12.90′s as he made his way toward the front.

With a move in turn two Steele took the lead to the cheers of the fans and never looked back registering his third win in row for the TBARA Sprints. Second went to pole sitter Randy Woodall, third was Bo Hartley, fourth went to Troy DeCaire and fifth Charlie Ladner.

School Bus Figure 8

The house went ecstatic went the 16 School Buses rolled out onto the speedway for their 25 lap figure 8 race. With the fans on their feet the green dropped and the race was on. The drivers ran side by side lap after lap with plenty of close one’s at the X.

Mike “the Stickman” Gamache moved his familiar #85 bus into the top spot and looked like he would run away with the win. That was before the #68 bus of James Sincoskie slowed stalling just before the intersection. Robert Coon in the FloridaBlackFlag.com #8up bus was racing side by side back in the field, coming out of turn one and headed toward the intersection. Coon went to the outside of the stalled bus blocking his view of the on coming traffic. That traffic proved to be the leader as the inevitable happened, Coon slammed into the side of Gamache. The “Thud” could be heard out to state road 64 as the two collided sending Gamache’s bus over on it’s side. Coon’s bus was shortened by a good 3 feet.

The crowd roared it’s approval as both drivers emerged from the wreckage. They even got louder when Gamache’s bus was righted, he climbed behind the wheel, fired up the bus and drove it to the start finish line. With a chant of “Drive the Bus” the Stickman strapped back in and rejoined the field with wobbling rear wheels and all. The Damage proved to much though as he retired a few green flag laps later.

The lead swapped many times through out the rest of the feature and it was Brian Conrad in the 4Q “Uncle Ugly” bus coming out on top to take his first win, Scott Brown came across the stripe in second, third was Bill McLeod, fourth was Brian Hayan and fifth went to Keith Brisson.

Esslinger Outlaw Modifieds

Last season’s Champion Raymond Jones 41 of Fort Ogden who by tradition got to pull the first pill for starting position in the season opening double points event. As his luck would have it, he pulled the pole position for the nights race. When the green flag dropped however Jones found himself fighting off threats from Robert Campbell in the 10 car. They did not stay up front alone for long as The trio of Robbie Bean, Cliff Steinman and Doug Hopper made their way through the pack to all contend for the lead as the closing laps of the 30 lap feature took place. It was a typical Outlaw Modified feature finish though, as the top 4 cars had the fans coming off their feet for the last two laps, as any one of them could have taken the race. Slipping and sliding and running two some times three wide, this group of veteran racers played give and take. Showing that you don’t have to play rough, this group displayed some of the cleanest door to door racing for which this class has become known for. On the next to last lap, Robbie Bean of Miami in the 28 was outside of Jones going for the lead when lap traffic became a factor. Bean could have stuffed Jones behind the lap car but backed off to give Jones a lane around the car. They were hard at it again though, as they came out of turn four and ran side by side for the last lap, where Jones 41 barely nosed out Bean in the 28 car for the win. Robert Campbell of Dunedin in the Open MRI 10 car was only feet behind the pair to capture third. Cliff Steinman of Naples, driving the Bradanna Construction 23 car finished fourth. Doug Hopper of New Port Richey in the Quality Printing 15 rounded out the top 5.

USAC FORD FOCUS

Craig Haack of Lewisburg, Tenn, concluded the 2006 “Tangerine Midget Tournament” with his wire-to-wire victory in Saturday night’s 20-lap series finale at Bradenton, Fla.’s DeSoto Super Speedway.

Haack, who also won Friday’s race at Orlando, paced the field in his Okay Tire/A-Plus Collision Center Beast, beating Nick Wean, Mike Burt, Darin Coker and Stan Carman to the checkered flag. Burt won the eight-lap heat race.

Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa. emerged as the “Tangerine Midget Tournament” champion despite not competing at Bradenton. Smith recorded two victories, two thirds and a sixth in his five starts to edge Coker, the only driver to start all six features, by 55 points.

Clear Channel Bombers

“Dandy” Don Slack made the crowd take a collective gasp as his brand new ride slammed head on into the turn four wall. After several minutes Slack was able to walk to the ambulance to the applauding of fans. Although sore and a cut under the eye Slack made out better then his car.

Jerome “Sideways” Watland went on to win the action packed 25 lap feature, James Crawford Jr. roared across for second, third was “Radical” Rick Germony, fourth Sean Cavanaugh and fifth “Chargin” Chester Lusk.

GoldenCorral Mod-Minis

Rick Sirmans took the green and never looked back taking the win in the Mod Minis, Ray Folwell was unchallenged for second, third place was Dustin Perez, fourth Steve Booth, fifth Dean Butrum.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Mike Amo had the handle on the Street Stock class as his car was un-beatable in the turns, but as the laps wound down his engine went south on him causing him to pull into the infield ending his night and opening the door for Casey Hall who roared to the checkers, Second was William Slack, third went to Bruce Riggio, fourth Wayne Dove and fifth Dave “Turtle” Blanchard.

Cowboy Caddies

1.Duane “Junior” Campbell
2.Roger Swinton
3.Anthony Easton
4.Wally Smith
5.Susan Bass

Magic is in the Air at Desoto Super Speedway

February 14th, 2006

Think about it, that’s the secret word I have been looking for a long time. When I was at the RPM Workshop in Reno this year Tom Curly from Thunder Road said it all MAGIC bang and it hit me. I would like to pass this on to all that go to the races and their children, I think it’s great think back in time, I know you will have the same feeling.

This is the grass root’s of racing and life itself.I don’t know myself but the race track or any race track to me has Magic in the air when you walk in that front gate. Gas fumes, pop corn, tires, hamburger’s, french fries and best of all the crowd. Believe it or not that’s what it’s all about.

We want to start a 4 Cylinder class for 12 to 17 year old kids, we need a name for it. Put a racing seat, 4 point cage, seat belts, fuel cell and get the kids racing. It will teach them some good driving habits car control and best of all we know were they will be on a Saturday night.

Along with the 4 Cylinder class for the kids the big news for early in the year will be the running of the first Super Late Model race, long known as the Icebreaker, this year it will have a new name. It will be now known as “The Leroy Porter Icebreaker”. Porter was one of the top Late Model drivers in Florida when a fiery crash as DeSoto nearly cost him his life. Severe burns ended Porter’s racing career but not his love for the sport.

Also on tap for ’06 the new USAC Ford Focus series will roll into the speedway. Crash-A-Rama makes it’s return along with the regular classes it will truly be MAGIC at DeSoto Super Speedway in 2006!

Desoto Kicks Off 42-Race Season on February 18

January 26th, 2006

The first week of racing will feature 9 classes of cars with the Cowboy Caddies, Mod Minis, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Bombers, Outlaw Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Cars, The ground pounding TBARA Winged Sprint Cars, and the always popular School Bus Figure 8’s.

Come see hard side by side, metal crunching, sheet metal swapping, nose to the pavement, ground pounding, and edge of your seat racing action. Come see your favorite drivers try and take the first checkered flag of the 2006 season. And to make the night even bigger Desoto Super Speedway has added 2 touring open wheel classes to the night. The USAC Ford Focus cars feature midget type cars with some of the most talented up and coming talent in racing. Also on the night are the TBARA winged sprint cars. These ground pounding cars will fly around Desoto Super Speedway. They also feature the stars of tomorrow. The men and women that drive these awesome beasts boast the biggest guts and heaviest lead feet in racing. The only way to drive one of these cars is wide open. If you haven’t checked out a winged sprint car race, you owe it to yourself to be at Desoto Super speedway to check these cars out, you won’t be disappointed.

Also on the night is the sheet metal swapping stock cars. You’ll get the opportunity to check out 3 different class’s of stock cars. The bombers will get you on your feet with some of the best side by side racing at Desoto Super Speedway. These guys and gals have been known to take it 4 and 5 wide around the high banks. These hard charging drivers do what it takes to take the checkered flag. Also on the night are the Pure stocks. The driving talent in this class will put you on the edge of your seat all through out the race. Awesome side by side racing and sheet metal swapping are what they are known for. Come see who can take that very first checkered flag. And the street stocks, the fastest of the 3 stock car divisions. These cars fly around the high banks. Some of the best finish’s at the track came in this growing division. Put a trophy in front of these men and women and see the sparks fly.

And to finish up the night Desoto Super Speedway will take the very same school busses you see on the road taking your children to school and put them through the gauntlet of a figure 8 race. This will put you on your feet and cheering, and laughing the entire time. You can’t find a more entertaining race anywhere. See these huge vehicles tackle the high banks and the dreaded X. Who will make it and who will be crunched! You won’t want to miss this.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Racing Stats at 7:00 p.m. sharp
Admission: Adults $15, kids 6-12 $5, and kids 5 and under get in free so bring the little ones.
For more information visit www.desotosuperspeedway.com or call 941-748-3171

The Jeff &Jeff Show at DeSoto

December 2nd, 2005

Jeff Scofield topped the field with a 14.61 second time; following Scofield were Marty Pierce, Jeff Choquette, Jason Boyd and Chris Fontaine. Jason Boyd Sunbelt points leader was not able to take the green flag as during the pace lap his panhard bar broke going through the oil tank and forcing him to take a DNS.

There was no inversion for the 200-lap race and it was Scofield out first for the lead with Choquette getting around Pierce for the second spot. Ryan Foster who had started in the sixth spot made his way up into the top five and through the first 100 laps the running order stayed basically the same Scofield, Choquette, Pierce, and Steve Dorer. B.J. McLeod ran in the top five early but drifted back through the field finishing a disappointing 16th on the night.

Just past the mid way point Foster spun bringing out the yellow. A mix up on pit road saw the majority of the field come in for new skins with Scofield and Pierce hung out on the track. Scofield took the green and it was long before the rest of the field was hot on his heels as the laps began to wind down. Having the older tires kept Scofield with his handsful and just when it seemed like he could no longer hold on a yellow flew with just over 50 laps left to go. The leader dove into the pit to change tires.

Choquette had taken the lead but with the new tires Scofield quickly made his way back through the pack and with 7 laps left to go gave Choquette a bump draft in turn two sending the former Governors Cup winner sliding high allowing Scofield to move back into the top spot. Choquette showed his dirt track experience slinging his car into a power slide and holding onto the second spot. Scofield would gone to cruise to the win, Choquette would take second, third went a great run by Chris Fontaine, fourth across the stripe was Richie Anderson who ran the whole 200 laps without a pit stop and rounding out the top five was Steve Dorer.

Scofield would not only win the AACS Championship for the second year in a row but also finished second in the Sunbelt points along with taking the Triple Crown for the second year in a row. Jason Boyd Claimed the Sunbelt title along with Rookie of the year.

1.JEFF SCOFIELD
2.JEFF CHOQUETTE
3.CHRIS FONTAINE
4.RICHIE ANDERSON
5.STEVE DORER
6.SCOT WALTERS
7.JAMES GLOVER
8.RYAN FOSTER
9.JEFF SLOAM
10.MARTY PIERCE

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

1.SEAN CAVANAUGH
2.JOHN STEWART
3.JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4.DAVID DAVIS
5.PETE BARR

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies 1

1.DUANE CAMPBELL
2.JOE GAGEN
3.ROGER SWINTON
4.CHET ROBERTS
5.TROY BUCKLES

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.NICK KING
2.CLINT SNYDER
3.JEFF FIRESTINE
4.TODD BONTRAGER
5.JIM REPPI

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

1.DEAN BUTRUM
2.TODD FREED, JR.
3.JON BAILEY
4.MIKE KERRIVAN
5.WENDY SHURTLEFF

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.LEONARD McCUE
2.RICHIE THORBIN
3.JODY COLLINS
4.JEFF DUFRESNE
5.JOHN BROWN

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.CASEY HALL
2.WILLIAM SLACK
3.JIMMIE BEST

Tate Pierce Wins Final Limited Race at DeSoto

November 21st, 2005

Three rows were inverted with the roll of the die putting James Casady and Gary Padula on the front row. It wasn’t long before Tate Pierce muscled his way to the front with Dutilly right on his heels. Pierce was running upfront and dominating the Open Wheel Modified “Race of Champions” the week before only to have a tire go down in the closing laps.

This night would be all Pierce, as he was never really challenged for the top spot and easily taking the victory with Dutilly running in second and clinching the championship. Third would go to Steve Gill fourth across the stripe was Johnny Casady who ended up second in the points chase. Finishing in the fifth spot was Lonnie Miller would end a rough season on a good note.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

James Crawford Jr. powered his way around Kenny Gibson late in the 25-lap race to take the win; Gibson had lead from the drop of the green flag. Dave Davis edged out Gibson at the stripe for second, third was Gibson, fourth went to John Stewart and fifth was Pete Barr.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Richie Thorbin and Jeff Dufresene had the fans on their feet for the final laps of the 25 lap pure stock feature. Dufresene made several move on Thorbin but each time the leader was able to slam the door on him. Thorbin crossed the stripe first with Richard McClough getting Dufresne by a fender for second but was Dq’d in tech. Third went to John Brown fourth was Darrin ”Icewater” Ellis and in fifth Duane Campbell.

Mod-Minis

1.JESSE HENLEY
2.CLAY JOSEPH
3.BRENT YODER
4.DUSTIN PEREZ
5.DEAN BUTRUM

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.JOE GAGEN
2.DUANE CAMPBELL
3.ROGER SWINTON
4.JIM COWHEY JR
5.TROY BUCKLES

Pat Nanny Wins Race of Champions

November 16th, 2005

Wayne Jefferson edged out John Sarppriacone Jr. 15.11 to a 15.17 run for the fast time. The rest of the top five were Sean McLaughlin, Bobby Baldwin and Lee Collins. Timmy Moore was ninth fast.

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

The field rolled out onto the speedway and the fans were allowed to come out and meet their favorite driver and see the cars that only flash by them on a Saturday night. As the fans climbed off the track and headed for their seats for the 125 lap event the die was rolled and set the inversion at 4 rows. With the command of “Gentleman Start Your Engines” by three lucky fans the cars roared to life. The front row was set with Pat Nanney and Robbie McAuliffe.

The drama started early in the race as the duo running first and second (Moore and Baldwin) in points slammed into the front stretch wall. Although Moore was able to drive off the track and Baldwin went off on the hook Baldwin was able to return without loosing a lap while Moore was not able to make repairs as quick and returned to the track several laps down.

The racing action resumed with Pat Nanney doing his best to hold off Lee Collins for the top spot. The crowd was stunned into silence as one of the most violent wrecks witnessed at the High-Banks unfolded in turn four. Phil Morrison was attempting to make a pass on John Sarppriacone Sr., the two touched tires sending Morrison roll cage first into the end of the turn four wall the vaulting him violently in a NASCAR style flip into the infield ending up on his roof. The track and safety crew were quickly on the scene. After what seemed like an eternity to the silent crowd Morrison emerged from the wreckage a little dazed but otherwise unscathed to the roar of the relieved audience.

After the extended caution and red flag the green came back out with Nanney and Collins back at it. Several yellows flew before the mandatory 75-lap fuel stop. Some drivers took advantage of the yellows diving into the pits to change tires and setups. Each driver would have to return at the rear of field after visiting the pits.

After all the drivers refueled the racing really heated up as Jefferson made the move on Nanney and Collins taking the lead. Collins would later be caught up in a spin on the front stretch causing heavy damage to the right rear of his car but was able to continue.

Jefferson looked like he was on his way to an easy victory. Tate Pierce had made his way to the second spot but “the Rocketman” was cruising with a comfortable lead. A late race spin brought out the yellow erasing Jefferson’s lead. When the field fired coming out of the yellow the leaders car dropped down low with a broken axle ending his night in the infield and dropping to a disappointing 18th finish.

Pierce would take over the top spot but victory insight the car would drift high coming out of two allowing Nanney and several others by. It was later discovered that Pierce had a tire going down causing the handling problem.

Nanney would go on to win the 125 lapper, John Sarppriacone Jr. who had started from the rear of the pack several times came back to take the second spot, Lee Collins finished in the third spot but was Dqed in post race tech inspection giving the position to Pierce, Ralph Bowman had a solid fourth place and fifth went to Perry Brown.

Bobby Baldwin who finished 9th spot won the ’05 championship by a scant 6 points over Timmy Moore who finished in the 17th spot.

1 PAT NANNEY
2 JOHN SARPPRAICONE JR.
3 TATE PIERCE
4 RALPH BOWMAN
5 PERRY BROWN
6 ROBBIE COOPER
7 ERIC RUDD
8 JOHN SARPPRAICONE
9 BOBBY BALDWIN
10 MIKE HINEGARDNER
11 DUSTIN CHISHOLM
12 JAMES HOULE
13 DANNY ANDERSON
14 MARK CHAPMAN
15 SCOTT McDANIEL
16 ROBBY McAULIFFE
17 TIMMY MOORE
18 WAYNE JEFFERSON
19 SEAN MCLAUGHLIN
20 LB SKAGGS
21 BARRY CARLSON
22 BRIAN TEETERS
23 PHIL MORRISON
24 LEE COLLINS DQ

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1 JEFF FIRESTINE
2 DANNY ANDERSON
3 TODD BONTRAGER
4 NICK KING
5 CLINT SNYDER
6 MICHAEL CENZI
7 STUART VANDENVDER
8 AL NEUMANN
9 BILL MANFULL
10 PAT MAHONEY
11 ANTHONY CAMPI
12 BILL CARLBERT, SR.
13 TYLER LAU

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

1 TODD FREED, JR.
2 PHILIP CRUSE
3 DEAN BUTRUM
4 JON BAILEY
5 CAMERON CRUSE
6 MIKE KERRIVAN
7 TODD SCHNEIDER
8 WENDY SHURTLEFF
9 ROB STODGELL
10 MIKE GAYLE
11 ROBERT CARTER
12 BRUCE MOREHOUSE
13 “KIP” BRYANT

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1 JIMMIE BEST
2 DAVID YAHRAUS
3 TYLER LAU
4 DARRIN ELLIS
5 JODY COLLINS
6 JOHN BROWN
7 JEFF DUFRESNE
8 RICHARD McCLOUGH
9 KEN SMITH
10 LENORD McCUE
11 EARL CHAMBERS
12 KEVIN SHEPHERD JR
13 DUANE CAMPBELL
14 DAVE CLEARY
15 DAVEN QUERY
16 BILLY QUERY
17 DEAN CAMPBELL
18 RICHIE THORBIN
19 ERNEST SPARKS
20 MARK BOXELL

International Contractors Street Stocks

1 DUANE BEST
2 GREGORY KROM
3 JIMMIE BEST
4 SUE TAYLOR
5 JAMES NANNEY
6 WILLIAM SLACK
7 WAYNE DOVE
8 CASEY HALL
9 DAVE BLANCHARD
10 CLINT ROBERTS
11 ALEX ABBOTT

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1 JOE GAGEN
2 DUANE CAMPBELL
3 RICHARD WILDRICK
4 ROGER SWINTON
5 ALLEN BRAGG
6 TROY BUCKLES
7 JIM COWHEY JR
8 KENNY GIBSON

Outlaw LM

1 MARK NELSON
2 ROBERT HART
3 ED KIDD
4 CRAIG ROBINSON
5 JIM KELLY
6 ROBERT CRISP
7 PETE COON

Choquette Unstoppable in AACS, Sets Track Record

November 9th, 2005

Next to Choquette was Billy Bigley Jr. 14.68, Chris Fontaine 14.71, Jeff Scofield 14.72, and Darryl Shelnut.

Hoosier Cup AACS

Tim Russell who has dominated the Limited Late Models not only at DeSoto but also all around the state made his debut in the Super ranks and would sit on the pole with the roll of the dye and the inversion of rows. Steve Dorer would sit on the out side. Russell’s luck would not be as good in the super ranks as on the first lap he got crossed up coming out of two, getting sideways and hooking Shelnut. The two slid down the backstretch nearly clipping the inside pit wall and ending up with Russell head on into the tire barrier around the light pole sending the huge tractor tires flying up onto the track. Russell’s night was over Shelnut attempted repairs but ended early in 18th.

After several tries the green finally flew and it was Steve Dorer leading “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson. Jefferson drafted right on the back bumper of Dorer making a number of attempts to get by him. Every time Jefferson would go high or low Dorer would slam the door on him. Jefferson would get a run on the leader going into three making a run for the lead coming out of four, Dorer’s ride seemed to stutter causing Jefferson to check up with the rest of the field right on his heels the rest of the cars scrambled to avoid contact. The two hottest drivers in the series Jeff Scofield and Jeff Choquette slammed into each other on the front stretch, Choquette was able to continue while Scofield dove into the pits with a flat left rear tire. Scofield had to start from the rear of the pack after making the pit stop under the caution.

When the green came back out Dorer and Jefferson resumed their battle. Jefferson rode right on the back bumper of Dorer drafting right in the leaders tire tracks. Choquette had meanwhile made his way up to the third spot and was sizing up duo in front of him. Just before the half way mark Choquette saw the opening and stuck the 70x machine on the outside and coming out of two took the lead in dramatic fashion.

Choquette would dominate the final stages of the race until a late race caution would bunch the field. Scofield had raced his way back through the field and into the second spot. The green dropped and the points leader would make one last run at the leader but it wasn’t enough as Choquette roared to checkers. “ This car is awesome I just have to thank everyone who works so hard on this car to get it ready for me” he said.

Scofield’s second place finish practically assures him a second championship in the AACS. Jefferson after falling back roared back for a solid third place fourth went to Scot Walters and fifth was Steve Dorer.

1.JEFF CHOQUETTE
2.JEFF SCOFIELD
3.WAYNE JEFFERSON
4.SCOT WALTERS
5.STEVE DORER
6.JEFF SLOAN
7.DAVID POLLEN, JR.
8.RICHIE ANDERSON
9.JAMES GLOVER
10.TROY MCNABB

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Darrin “Icewater” Ellis has tasted the wall more then a few times this season but week after week with the help of a front-end loader and a big tree was able to get his ride ready for the next race. Ellis brought his battle scarred ride out for another run around the “High Banks” and once again brought it home to the winners circle holding off Points Leader Duane Best to take the trophy, Best took the second spot, third was a solid run for Duane “the Scot” Campbell, Jeff Dufresne was in the fourth spot and fifth across the line was Jimmie Best.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

1.JEROME WATLAND
2.JOHN STEWART
3.JAMES CRAWFORD JR
4.JESSE ADAIR
5.Larry Brannon
DQ.RICK GERMONY

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

1.JON BAILEY
2.DEAN BUTRUM
3.TODD FREED, JR.
4.BRUCE MOREHOUSE
5.MIKE KERRIVAN

Mod-Minis

1.RICK SIRMANS
2.CLAY JOSEPH
3.DUSTIN PEREZ
4.BRYAN WAGNER
5.PHILIP CRUSE

Outlaw LM

1.MARK NELSON
2.ROBERT HART
3.JIM KELLY
4.GEORGE SHAVER JR
5.BRIAN TEETERS

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

1.MIKE HINEGARDNER
2.BOBBY BALDWIN
3.CLYDE COLE
4.MARK NELSON
5.BARRY CARLSON
DQ.ERIC RUDD

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.GREGORY KROM
2.CASEY HALL
3.DUANE BEST
4.JAMIE CASSIDY
5.JIMMIE BEST

Photo by Dave Westerman

Steele Takes Last Lap Win at Desoto

November 1st, 2005

Intermission saw the throngs come out on to the track for a special “trick or treat” for the kids. Drivers and crews from all classes brought their cars out on the track and handed out candy to all who came.

The weather was beautiful for a long night of racing action that started off with the Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models qualifying for their 100-lap feature. Chris Fontaine edged out Tim Russell for the fast time plaque.

Turner Tree and Landscape LLM

The field was inverted three rows for the start of the 100-lap feature putting Tate Pierce and Johnny Casady on the front row. Pierce jumped out to the early lead with Casady right on his heels. The field was beating banging for positions behind the leader. Jessie Dutilly and fast qualifier Fontaine were battling for a spot when the two got together on the backstretch sending Fontaine head on into the wall. Fontaines crew was able to make repairs in the infield but he finished a disappointing 11th for the night, Dutilly was sent to rear of the field.

Jeremy Gieger and Andy Whitted made the fans hold their breath as the two were involved in a violent crash in turn four destroying both machines. The safety crew was right the scene and both drivers were ok but a little sore.

Tim Russell who has been on a tear at DeSoto finally made his move around Pierce for the top spot and pulled away from the rest of the pack. Russell had almost a half a track lead as dominated the closing laps of the race to another consecutive win. Jeff Firestine had a solid run taking the second spot, third went to Dutilly, fourth was early race leader Pierce and rounding out the top five was Steve Gill.

TBARA Sprints

By Curtis Whalin

The cars took to the track for the feature event, and after some hot laps and the signature 4-abreast parade salute to the fans lap, the cars lined up behind the pole sitter David Retzlaff in the number 90 car with Troy DeCaire in the 41 car on the outside.

As the cars fired up coming out of turn 4, it was the 41 of Troy DeCaire that came out of turn one, lap one as the race leader. It was a fast paced race with the back markers getting lapped as early as lap 3. On race lap 7, the number 18 car being driven by Heather Rehm retired to the infield. She was followed on race lap 11 by the 5W of Randy Woodall and the 3V driven by Sonny Hartley, and on lap 15 by the 6F Dan Statter.

On lap 16, the 19 car of Keith Butler stopped at the bottom of the track at turn two with a broken driveline. The caution flag was thrown while he was pushed off the track and into the infield. The race got back to green with the 41 still the race leader. The 12 car driven by Dave Oblinger retired from the race on race lap 17.

The second caution of the race was on lap 24 when the 51 of Mark Gimmler spun coming out of turn four. He was pushed back off and rejoined the race. On the restart of lap 24, the 66 of Ray Bragg hit the wall at turn two after making contact with another car. The caution flag was put out while the car was removed from the track. While under the caution flag, the 03 of Tommy Nicols and the 67 of Tommy Rice were black flagged for being three laps down.

The remaining 16 cars lined up for the restart with the 41 in the lead position, followed by Gary Gimmler in the 29 and David Steele in the 91. As the cars got back to racing, David Steele began to move up the field, passing on the outside line and gaining second position, hot on the exhaust pipes of the 41.

On lap 29, the 118 slowed down and pulled off the track at turn two. As the cars passed the start/finish line for the start of the final lap, the 91 was coming up alongside the 41 and was able to make the move stick and take the lead at turn one on the last lap, and to take home the win. The 41 finished in second place, with the 29 of Gary Gimmler in third, Bo Hartley in the 3X finished in fourth and the 21B of Larry Jay Brazil Jr. was in fifth.

HEAT 1
1) 41 Troy DeCaire
2) 29 Gary Gimmler
3) 91 David Steele
4) 118 Stan Butler
5) 68 Kyle Nicholas
6) 3V Sonny Hartley
7) 18 Heather Rehm
8) 80 Wendy Mathis

HEAT 2
1) 51 Mark Gimmler
2) 3X Bo Hartley
3) 66 Ray Bragg
4) 90 David Retzlaff
5) 2 Scott Adema
6) 88T Brad Davis
7) 42 Paulie Milum
8) 67 Tommy Rice

HEAT 3
1) 19 Keith Butler
2) 5W Randy Woodall
3) 1X John Anderson
4) 21B Larry Jay Brazil, Jr.
5) 9X Michael Smith
6) 12 Dave Oblinger
7) 03 Tommy Nicols
8) 6F Dan Statter

1) 91 David Steele; 2) 41 Troy DeCaire; 3) 29 Gary Gimmler; 4) 3X Bo Hartley; 5) 21B Larry Jay Brazil Jr.; 6) 88T Brad Davis; 7) 90 David Retzlaff; 8) 2 Scott Adema; 9) 68 Kyle Nicholas; 10) 51 Mark Gimmler; 11) 80 Wendy Mathis; 12) 42 Paulie Milum; 13) 1X John Anderson; 14) 9X Michael Smith; 15) 118 Stan Butler (DNF); 16) 66 Ray Bragg (DNF); 17) 67 Tommy Rice (DNF); 18) 03 Tommy Nicols (DNF); 19) 12 Dave Oblinger (DNF); 20) 19 Keith Butler (DNF); 21) 6F Dan Statter (DNF); 22) 3V Sonny Hartley (DNF); 23) 5W Randy Woodall (DNF); 24) 18 Heather Rehm (DNF)

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

The DeSoto trucks had a hard time getting their feature started as several cautions left body panels laying on the speedway. But when the smoke cleared Jeff Fire stine collected the trophy, second went to Bill Manfull, third place was Stuart Vandevender, fourth Mike Cenzi and fifth Pat Mahoney.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.JIMMIE BEST
2.JEFF DUFRESNE
3.JODY COLLINS
4.DUANE BEST
5.JOHN BROWN

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

1.JAMES CRAWFORD JR
2.JOHN STEWART
3.JEROME WATLAND
4.SEAN CAVANAUGH
5.DAVID DAVIS

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.JOE GAGEN
2.ROGER SWINTON
3.ANTHONY EASTON
4.TONY PACE
5.KENNY GIBSON

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.DUANE BEST
2.BRIAN TEETERS
3.CLINT ROBERTS
4.SUE TAYLOR
5.BRUCE RIGGIO
Clear Channel School Bus Fig.8

1.SCOTT BROWN
2.KEITH BRISSON
3.ERNEST HELFRICK
4.JAMES VOLK
5.ROBERT COON

Dorer Perfect in AACS Win

October 28th, 2005

Hoosier Cup AACS

When the green dropped the front consisted of Steve Dorer on the pole and “Mr. Excitement” Jimmy Cope on the outside. Dorer’s car was hooked up and never really challenged for the top spot but there was some great racing going on for the second spot.

Jeff Scofield came from the fifth starting spot to challenge Cope and the duo ran side by side for several laps with points leader Scofield finally moving into second. James Glover had another good run going until slipping coming out of turn two and slamming into the inside backstretch wall. Although he was able to continue he finished a disappointing ninth.

Dorer’s ride was amazing as he ran the bottom groove lap after lap. Scofield made several moves on the leader during restarts but the Dorer was on his mark and cruised to the win, Scofield increased his points lead finishing second, Billy Bigley Jr. finished in the third spot, fourth was Jeff Choquette who battled his way from the rear of field for the spot and rounding out the top five was Richie Anderson.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

Once again the twenty five-lap Bomber feature was a wild affair. From the initial drop of the green flag the field was going three and four wide battling for position. When the smoke cleared it was “Dynamite” Dave Davis coming home with the checkers, “The Mayor” John Stewart once again followed him across in second, third went to James Crawford Jr., fourth place was Jessie Adair and fifth Don Slack.

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

Todd Freed Jr., the ’04 Mini-Stock Champion, roared from the rear of the field to take another trophy home in the Mini-Stock feature event, Dean Butrum took the second spot, third was Cameron Cruse, fourth went to “Gentleman” Jon Bailey and fifth Phil Cruse.

Outlaw LM

The closing laps in the Outlaw Late Models proved to be a wild affair as Ed Kidd and Roger Welch battled side by side for several laps with Kidd coming out the victor, Welch was second, third was Robert Hart, fourth Mark Nelson and fifth Robert Crisp.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Once he got out from Duane Best was on cruise control rolling to the 25 lap Pure Stock feature win, Jody “the Real Deal” Collins returned to the winners circle in second, third was Jimmie Best, fourth went to Darrin “Icewater” Ellis and in the fifth spot Ken Smith.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Joe Gagen was once again the victor in the Cowboy Caddie feature holding off Roger Swinton who finished in second, third went to Anthony Easton, fourth across was Troy Buckles and fifth Tony Pace.

Jefferson Sheds Monkey in OWM Win

October 20th, 2005

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

Several cautions slowed the pace in the early stages of the 100-lap feature bunching the field for the restarts. It wasn’t long before “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson took over the top spot and pulled out to a good lead. Jefferson who dominated the class early in the year has had his problems in the latter stages of the season. Mechanical woes and unfortunate incidents have kept him out of the winner’s circle and dropped him out of the top in the point’s race.

As the field slowed for the final caution with 5 laps left to go Rocketman fans held their breath when the green dropped. Jefferson wheeled his machine around the speedway for the final laps and when the checkers flew he was all alone as he crossed the stripe for the win, following him across the stripe was Robbie McAuliffie for the second spot, third went Lee Collins, holding on to fourth with and ill handling machine was Timmy Moore and in fifth Seam McLaughlin. “I was listening to every sound in the car those last five laps, it was nerve wracking” said Jefferson after the race.

With his fourth place finish Moore regained the points lead by 7 points over Bobby Baldwin who finished a disappointing 11th. It comes down to the wire for the championship between Moore and Baldwin with the final points race of the season being the 125 lap Race of Champions running November 12th.
International Contractors Street Stocks

Casey Hall took the lead and never looked back as he dominated the 25 lap feature to take the trophy home, “I really have to hand it to my Grandfather he works on this car 7 days a week to make it run like this” said Hall. In the second spot was William Slack, returning to the street stock wars was ’04 Champ Brian “DeJa Vue” Teeters in third, fourth went to points leader Duane Best and in fifth Jimmie Best.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Richie Thorbin was the big winner in the 19 car Pure Stock feature taking his first ever win at the high banks in a decisive manner, with the post race DQ’s of Jimmie Best and Jeff Dufresne Darrin “Icewater” Ellis moved up to second spot, third went to David Yahraus who had no brakes in the latter stages of the race, fourth place went to Dave Cleary and in fifth Duane Campbell Jr.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

Bill Manfull aced the field taking his first ever win at Desoto after making great pass in turn four and going on to the checkered flag, second place went to early race leader Clint Snyder, third was Jeff Firestine, former track champion Bill Davis finished fourth and in fifth Jim Reppi.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1 JOE GAGEN
2 CHET ROBERTS
3 ROGER SWINTON
4 TONY PACE
5 TROY BUCKLES

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

1 DEAN BUTRUM
2 TODD FREED, JR.
3 JON BAILEY
4 PHILIP CRUSE
5 MIKE KERRIVAN

Outlaw Modifieds
1 Cliff Steinman
2 Mike Endee
3 Doug Hopper
4 Mike Bean
5 Bobby Dayton

Baldwin Wheels to 100 Lap Open Wheel Win

October 3rd, 2005

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

The field rolled out for their 100-lap race and with a roll of the die three rows were inverted. The inversion put Bobby Baldwin and Sean McLaughlin on the front and it was Baldwin who jumped out to the lead when the green dropped. Sarppriacone made his charge towards the front but as the laps wound down the car began to loose ground to the leaders and an apparent clutch problem lead to the end of his evening finishing in the thirteenth spot.

Upfront Baldwin had the handle on the field. Several cautions slowed the field but this did not dismay Baldwin who handled each of the restarts never loosing the top spot. Baldwin was able to cruise to his second win in a row in the series. With the win Baldwin moves within just 3 points of leader Timmy Moore as the ‘05 season begins to wind down. “We change something on this car every week and it’s paying off”, said Baldwin.

Second across the stripe with another solid run was Robbie McAuliffe, third went to Billy Mowery, fourth went to Pat Nanney and fifth was points leader Timmy Moore.

1.BOBBY BALDWIN
2.ROBBY McAULIFFE
3.BILLY MOWERY
4.PAT NANNEY
5.TIMMY MOORE
6.JAMES GLOVER
7.MIKE HINEGARDNER
8.DUSTIN CHISHOLM
9.SEAN MCLAUGHLIN
10.SCOTT McDANIEL

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

The Bombers once again put on a wild show for the fans in their 25-lap feature event. The field was swapping sheet metal and going three wide in the turn battling for positions all over the speedway. Just past the mid way point everyone held their collective breath when Susan Bass came out of turn two went sideways and slammed head on into the backstretch wall. The car came to rest in turn three and the safety crew raced to scene. The Jaws of Life came out and the roofed was peeled off of Bass’s ride. As Bass was put into the ambulance she was alert and talking but complained of a sore neck. She was transported to hospital, checked out and released.

The action didn’t stop there, Jason Carr wheeled the lime green 37 machine from the back of the pack twice to top five. With just two laps left to go several cars including Carr got together on the backstretch. The rides of Carr, Jay King and Rick Germony crashed coming out of two. All the cars experienced damage with Germony and Carr being hooked together. After a long delay trying to get the cars apart the yellow checker was thrown.
James Crawford who had been running strong all night took the win, Dave Davis and John Stewart put on a wild show for the fans racing for the second spot. Neither driver would give and inch touching several times during the race but it was track record holder Davis holding off “the Mayor” for the second spot. Fourth went to Don Slack and fifth across the stripe was Pete Barr.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Duane Campbell Jr. took the lead and never looked back as he lead green to checkers to take the pure stock 25 lap feature win. The action was wild behind him as the laps wound down young Tyler Lau had his handsful; Duane Best and Jimmie Best were on his back bumper trying to find a way around for the second spot. Lau was able to hold off the Desoto veteran racers for second but in the post race tech found too much left side weight giving the second spot to Jimmie Best. Best had started in the rear of the field in Terry Leiter’s Olds raced his brother Duane hard in the closing laps for the spot. Duane Best was third, fourth went to Dave Cleary and fifth was Richard McClough.

Trailer Super center Mini-Stocks

1.Dean Butrum
2.Todd Freed Jr.
3.Jon Bailey
4.Camron Cruse
5.Phil Cruse

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.Nick King
2.Bill Manfull
3.Clint Snyder
4.Tate Lindsay
5.Bill Carlbert Sr.

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Greg Krom
2.Brian Teeters
3.Duane Best
4.Sue Taylor
5.Wayne Dove

Choquette Outguns Scofield for AACS Win

September 29th, 2005

The Bombers were up next to make their run at the pole for the second 50-lap shoot out of the season. Allen Bragg who is a big supporter of the class gave the 21 machines signed in more incentive to run fast, putting up $50 for fast qualifier and an extra $50 for the winner. Every driver had their own approach to claim fast time but late in the session it was Chester Lusk breaking the track record set by Dave Davis. Lusk recorded a 19.13 time to eclipse the 19.21 by Davis. But there is a reason why they call the driver of the #6 “Dynamite” as Davis came out just a short time later and dropped the record to a 19.03 for fast time and the extra $50.

Hoosier Cup AACS

With the inversion it was James Powell III who jumped out to the lead when the green dropped. Jeff Scofield who has overcame early season woes to battle back for the lead in the points slid into the second spot with fast qualifier Jeff Choquette moving into the third spot. The mad scramble for positions behind them saw Joe Boyd move into the fourth spot. McLeod had mechanical problems that dropped him out of the race early finishing 17th.

The veteran driver Powell had his handsful trying to keep Scofield behind him. Scofield had his own problems as Choquette stayed right on him trying to take the second spot away. When Scofield would try to make a run on the high side Choquette would stick the nose of the 70x machine under him. The trio would make contact several times looking like they would all go spinning wildly but each time they would gather it up and continue on in the high powered event. Eventually Scofield was able to loosen up Powell sending him high allowing himself and Choquette to get by. Several other drivers were also able to get by Powell sending him out of the top five.

Several cautions slowed the event but the big one came late in the race when fluid leaked on the track sent the mid pack cars spinning wildly into turn one. Powell, Wayne Jefferson, and Jimmy Cope were some of the drivers involved in the mêlée and retired for the evening. Scot Walters was also part of the crash in a back up car but was able to continue with body damage but still finished a strong 6th.

The race came down to the final 20 laps with Scofield and Choquette racing for the top spot. Choquette put his ride high and low on the track trying to get around the ’04 champ but each time Scofield was able to avoid the move. With five laps left to go Choquette got a run on the leader down the front stretch on the inside, going right down on the apron of the race track into turn one Choquette was able to hold on and take over the top in turn two and cruised to win, Scofield took second. Chris Fontaine was able to hold on for the third spot, with a solid run all evening long Joe Boyd took fourth and rounding out the top five was James Glover.

1.JEFF CHOQUETTE
2.JEFF SCOFIELD
3.CHRIS FONTAINE
4.JOE BOYD
5.JAMES GLOVER
6.SCOT WALTERS
7.DAVID POLLEN, JR.
8.RICHIE ANDERSON
9.STEVE DORER
10.TROY MCNABB

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

The bombers once again put on a wild show for the fans in their 50-lap shootout. From the drop of the green flag the field was swapping sheet metal going three and four wide battling for the top spot. When the smoke cleared it was “Dynamite” Dave Davis who won his second fifty lapper in a row. Davis dominated the field winning by a full straight away over the rest of the pack. The real battle on the speedway was for the second spot between “Radical” Rick Germony and “The Mayor” John Stewart. Stewart has had his problems of late but had it together tonight. Stewart ran high and low trying to get around Germony but the driver of the #8 machine was able to hold him off to take the second spot with Stewart finishing a strong third, fourth went to Jerome “Sideways” Watland and in fifth “the X Man” Jay King.

1.DAVID DAVIS
2.RICK GERMONY
3.JOHN STEWART
4.JEROME WATLAND
5.JAY KING
6.JESSE ADAIR
7.SEAN CAVANAUGH
8.MICHAEL CROOKS
9.STEVE KING-R
10.JEFF TAYLOR

Trailer Supercenter Mini-Stocks

The Mini-Stock feature came down to the wire with “Gentleman” Jon Bailey and Todd Freed Jr. Battling for the top spot. Freed tried to make a daring last lap pass on Bailey and the duo made contact coming down the front stretch. Both cars went spinning wildly with Freed making hard contact with the wall. Bailey edged him out by a fender taking the win, Freed was second third went to Dean Butrum, fourth across the stripe was Phil Cruse and fifth Cameron Cruse.

Mod-Minis

1.Marty Neikens
2.Chris Thornton
3.Ray Folwell
4.Clay Joseph
5.Bryan Wagner

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.Jimmie Best
2.Richie Shepard
3.Darrin Ellis
4.Richard McClough
5.Dave Cleary

Outlaw LM

1.Ed Kidd
2.Mark Nelson
3.Robert Crisp
4.Brian Teeters
5.Jim Kelly

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.Joe Gagen
2.Roger Swinton
3.Anthony Easton
4.Troy Buckles
5.Tony Pace

Seafest Weekend Coming to Desoto Speedway October 6, 7 & 8

September 25th, 2005

Qualifying will be for AACS, Turner Tree LLM, and the Q Auto Openwheel Mods. This is all on Friday night.

Saturday October 8, we will be running the AACS 125, Turner Tree LLM 125, SS, MM, CC, Tks 25, and the Outlaw Late Models.

A total of over 500 Laps of racing for the whole weekend. Payout will be $3000.00 to win in the Turner Tree LLM 125, $400.00 to start. AACS will be $3000.00 to win and $400.00 to start also.

Call the track to reserve your pit slabs early. 941-748-3171

Make sure to tell everyone that this is the biggest weekend on the FL Gulf Coast for racing. This will be a fun filled and action packed weekend. Adults and children alike will have a good time on this weekend.

Anderson Holds off Scofield in AACS Win

August 8th, 2005

The Desoto crew was on their toes and had the fields lined up and ready to go and all three classes took their times with first feature race coming out at the 7 pm starting time.

Wayne Anderson took fast time for the AACS, Duane Best was fast qualifier for the Pure Stocks and Dustin Deschamps was the quickest for the FMSC.

Hoosier Cup AACS

The roll of the die inverted the field two rows putting veteran racers Mike Breshnahan and Billy Bigley Jr., subbing for Sean LeMaster on the front row for the 125-lap event.

Breshnahan took the early lead but it wasn’t long before Anderson and Jeff Scofield were able to get by for the first and second spot, Breshnahan dropped back to third.

Anderson and Scofield had hit the right setups, as they were able to pull away from the rest of the field with ease. Although Anderson had the horsepower Scofield had the handle in the turns as several times he made moves low to try and get by Anderson by the veteran short track racer was able to put the pedal down and pull away from second place Scofield.

As the laps wound down the duo were less then a half a lap away from fourth place “Super” Mario Gosselin and lap traffic was beginning to come into play. Scofield one last charge on the leader taking the 07 machine deep into turn three but Anderson put the pedal to metal and was able and take home the trophy.

“I knew Scofield was right there on my bumper but my crew did a really good job of giving me a great car and I can’t thank them enough” said Anderson in the winner’s circle. Scofield took the second spot, third went to Billy Bigley Jr., fourth across the stripe was Mario Gosselin and rounding out the top five was Steve Dorer.

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

The Q Auto and Injury OWM lined for their 75-lap feature from a previous rain out where “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson has taken fast time. The die roll came up a “0” and Jefferson would start on the point.

The action started early as James Glover got into Doug Moff coming out of turn four sending both cars hard into the front stretch wall. Both drivers walked away but their cars had to be towed off the speedway ending their nights.

Although several cautions slowed the field Jefferson was never challenged in the 75-lap event. Behind him though Robbie McAuliffe and Billy Mowery were going at. Mowery was using the whole racetrack trying to get by McAuliffe and made a last lap dash for the second spot but McAuliffe held him by a bumper. Jefferson took the win, McAuliffe finished second, third went Mowery, fourth was Pat Nanney and in fifth Ralph Bowman.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Early in the Pure Stock 50 lapper Richie Shepard slammed into the front stretch wall. With those nose of his car facing the track Jeff Dufresne had now where to go and ripped the whole left side sheet metal off his machine. Both cars dove into the pits with Shepard having Defense’s torn sheet metal embedded in his front bumper. Fast acting crews had both cars back on the track before the green dropped.

Duane Best lead the early stages of the race but it wasn’t long before Darrin “Icewater” Ellis who has been on a hot streak took the high line around him to move into the top spot.

But Jeff Dufresne was a man on a mission as he made his way through the field and eventually was right on the back bumper of the leader Ellis. The two raced hard for the top spot with Dufresne able to finally make the move and the lead.

Dufresne cruised to victory, “This one is for my Dad who just recently passed away” said Dufresne, second was Ellis, third went to David Yaharus, fourth was Leonard McCue and fifth Duane Best.

FMSC

The Florida Mini-Stock Challenge series was a wild event as the top three cars in the points fell out of the race before the finish.

Pole sitter Andrew Robertson had everyone holding their collective breaths as he grenaded an engine on the backstretch engulfing the car in flames as rolled into turn three. The safety crew was right on the scene as Robertson scrambled out of his smoldering ride. The driver was checked out and ok as his car was towed off the speedway.

It looked like Rick Sirmans was going to cruise to the victory but late in the race his car slowed with mechanical problems and hard charging Ronnie Larson move into the top and the win. Sirmans ended up a disappointing 15th. Marty Neikens took the second spot, third went to Chris Thornton, fourth was Ray Folwell and coming from the 18th starting spot on the 28 car field was Gary Roebuck.

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Greg Krom
2.Duane Best
3.Jimmie Best
4.William Slack
5.Sue Taylor

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

1.Jerome Watland
2.Rick Germony
3.Jay King
4.Gene McClough
5.Dan Partelo
Shane Leonard DQ

Outlaw LM

1.Ed Kidd
2.Mark Nelson
3.Robert Haygood
4.Roger Welch
5.Russell Scalf

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.Joe Gagen
2.Roger Swinton
3.Allen Bragg
4.Kenny Gibson

Helfrick & Gamache Wow Fans in School Bus Figure 8

August 1st, 2005

Once again the fans came out in droves to watch another exciting night of racing at the “High-Banks” of DeSoto Super Speedway and once again they were not let down.

Clear Channel School Bus Fig.8

When the School Buses came over the hill for their 25 lap Figure 8 feature the crowd was on their feet and the roar could be heard all the way to Myakka City as the pace laps ensued.

The green flag dropped and the action was on as the 2-ton machines were going three and four wide. Near misses at the X had the crowd screaming with approval.

Mike “the Stickman” Gamache and Ernest Helfrick were the class of the field as the duo battled the entire 25 laps for the top spot but they were not without challenge. Scott Brown came all the way from the rear of the field to challenge for the lead and at one point took the top spot and looked like he would be the one to beat until a late race flat tire finished his night.

Mark “Radio Man” Jackson was also in the thick of things in “the Little Bus” staying right with the leaders in the early stages of the race. But going through the X he clipped another bus and although he tried to keep it going had to retire and finished a disappointing 14th.

Helfrick and Gamache continued to have the fans on their feet as they swapped the top spot lap after lap. Never letting up at the X you would think the two were racing for the Daytona 500 but when the smoke cleared and the checkers flew it was an excited Helfrick taking home the $1,000 prize money and the trophy.

Gamache who took second said, “I have been in a lot of races but that was the BEST bus race I have ever been in, Ernest really ran a heck of race!” Third Place went to Timothy Gilbert, Robert Coon in the “FloridaBlackFlag.com Special” took the fourth spot and rounding out the top five was Brian Hayan.

The Buses return to DeSoto Super Speedway September the 10th and with Gamache leading Helfrick by a mere 4 points you’ll be guaranteed they two will be at it again!

Turner Tree and Landscape LLM

The early rains washed out qualifying for the Turner Tree and Landscape Limited Late Models. The field was lined up by earnings over the last 3 weeks and putting Andy Whitted on the point.

The action started early as the field went into turn one. As cars spun wildly Lonnie Miller slid backwards toward the wall in between one and two. Jessie Dutilly who had taken the points lead last week went high trying to avoid the cars that were setting on the low side of the track and with no where to go slammed into Miller ending up in the passenger side window of Miller’s machine. Dutilly took his car into the pits and made repairs and finished 11th and dropped to 2nd in the points.

Miller’s woes continued as Whitted who had dropped back in the field, went down low coming out of turn four and spun collecting Miller in the process. Miller slammed hard into the front stretch wall destroying his machine. Both drivers walked away from the mêlée but their machines were heavily damaged.

As the 100-lap race progressed Steve Arnold was able to get by Glenn Morris to take the lead. Arnold looked like he was going finally get the monkey off his back and cruise to win. As the laps wound down Arnold suddenly slowed on the back stretch bringing out the yellow. Arnold had to be pushed into the pits ending his night and finishing a disappointing 8th.

From that point on it was all Glenn Morris as he cruised to his first ever win at DeSoto and taking the lead in the points race, second went to Shawn Icely, third was Jason Bowser, fourth went to Johnny Casady and in fifth Bubba Thompson.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Darrin “Icewater” Ellis was the man in the pure stock feature. He moved into the top spot and never looked back as he roared to the checkers, second went to Jeff Dufresene, third was Leonard McCue, in the fourth spot points leader Duane Best and fifth Dave Cleary.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

The “X-Man” Jay King was not being denied tonight, as he was able to hold off Jerome “Sideways” Watland to take the win over the 23-car field. The bombers went green to checkers in their 25-lap feature. Watland took second, third was “the Mayor” John Stewart, fourth across the stripe was “Radical” Rick Germony and rounding out the top five was Chester “I need a nickname” Lusk.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.Jeff Firestine
2.Nick King
3.Clint Snyder
4.Jim Alterizio
5.Graham McCorvey

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

1.Robbie McAuliffe
2.Sean McLaughlin
3.Mason Love
4.Brandon Pitts
5.Chris Escott

Mini-Stocks

1.Jon Bailey
2.Todd Freed Jr.
3.Dean Butrum
4.Wendy Shurtleff
5.Mike Kerrivan

Bowser Takes Emotional Win in DeSoto Limiteds

July 26th, 2005

The majority of the cars qualified in the low to mid 15 second range but it was Steve Arnold the points leader going into the night taking fast time over Glenn Morris by one one-hundredth of a second.

The fans came out onto the track before the race to meet and greet the drivers. Lots of autographs and smiling faces were exchanged during the session, as the fans were able to put a face with the cars that they watch. The meet and great feature is something that has become a regular deal at DeSoto and has become a real fan favorite.

As the great crowd for a hot Saturday night made their way back to their seat the crews began strapping the drivers in the machines getting ready for the 100-lap race. The die was rolled and the field was inverted five rows putting James Casady and Al the Tiger” Fradette on the front row.

The fans were on their feet as the field rolled out of turn four to take the green flag. The action started as field crossed the stripe. Several cars got together as they crossed the start/finish line. Andy Whitted, Jeremy Geiger, James Keating and Jeremy Goddard were all involved on the first lap crash. Whitted was the only car able to continue after visiting the pits the rest were done for the evening.

A complete restart saw James Casady taking the early lead. Steve Gill had a good run going and was challenging Casady for the top spot. Gill, the brother of Hooters Pro Cup start Bobby Gill was the faster of the two cars but every time he would get a run on the leader Casady would slam the door. Fradette who was in the third spot tried to make a run on second place Gill but as the duo entered turn two Fradette made contact with the 5 machine sending Gill around in a cloud of smoke. Fradette was sent to the rear of the pack for the infraction and a broken caliper would relegate him to a 15th place finish.

Steve Arnolds woes continued as his car broke coming out of turn two early in the event ending his night and taking a hard hit in the points race. The hot and humid conditions took their toll on the field as attrition was the name of the game and saving your car was the story on this night.

Casady’s motor let go on the backstretch ending his night late in the race. Jason Bowser who had been running a good race all night took over the top spot with Travis Cope and Jessie Dutilly hot on his tail for the closing laps of the race. Dutilly who was already fighting a damaged front end from earlier contact with Casady battling for the lead lost the rear brakes as laps wound down but continued to make a run on Cope for the second spot.

Glenn Morris joined the fight as the top four cars broke away from the rest of field but when the smoke cleared it was Jason Bowser taking the win. An emotional Bowser said in the winners circle, “ I haven’t won a race in 15 years and this one is sweet, I am dedicating this one to my Mom was just recently passed away” as pointed to the sky. Travis Cope son of ASA racer and Bronson Speedway owner Mike Cope and nephew of “Mr. Excitement” Jimmy Cope finished a best ever second, “ I just want to congratulate Jason, I’ve known him all my life and he really deserved this one”. Jessie Dutilly took over the points lead with his third place finish; Glenn Morris took fourth and moved into second in the points chase. Rounding out the top five was Johnny Casady.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks
1.John Brown
2.Jeff Dufresne
3.Duane Best
4.Dave Cleary
5.Lenord McCue

International Contractors Street Stocks
1.Casey Hall
2.Duane Best
3.Jimmy Best
4.Clint Roberts
5.Greg Krom

Mini-Stocks
1.Todd Freed
2.Dean Butrum
3.Jon Bailey
4.Steve Booth
5.Kip Bryant

Mod-Mini
1.Robbie Storer
2.Steve Booth
3.Ronnie Jenezon
4.Justin Larson
5.Bryan Wagner

Outlaw Late Models
1.Jim Kelley
2.Ed Kidd
3.Russel Scalf
4.Mark Nelson
5.Roger Welch

Cowboy Caddies
1.Joe Gagen
2.Roger Swinton
3.Robert St John
4.Anthony Easton
5.Kenny Gibson

Steele is Super in DeSoto Win

July 18th, 2005

In between hopping from track to track all over the country He has been making an impact in Florida winning 6 TBARA features coming into Saturday nights (July 16) race at DeSoto Super Speedway. Steele collected his first feature win racing in the TBARA winged Outlaw Sprints back in March of 2004.

With thunderstorms erupting all over the state of Florida 23 Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Outlaw Sprints lined the on deck circle to run their first race in over 2 months due to mother nature. Three heat races were in store to make the line up for the 30-lap feature event.

Bo Hartley was the class of the field in heat #1 taking the win ahead of Keith Butler who is currently second in the points, third was Dude Teate.

Local Hot Shoe Sport Allen used the outside groove to take the win in heat #2; second across the stripe was “Little 500” hall of famer Stan Butler and in third Jimmy Alvis.

Heat # 3 was no contest as Dave Steele took the lead on lap 3 and cruised to the checkers, Ray Bragg held on for the second spot and former DeSoto TQ Midget champ Mark Gimmler was third.

The fans were on their feet as the field formed the signature 4 abreast salute to the packed grandstands. The 3X of Bo Hartley started on the pole and jumped out to the early lead building a good lead over the rest of the battling pack.

The humid thick night air took its toll on the field as on lap 13 Randy Woodall went up in a cloud of smoke filling the cockpit of his machine as his motor expired. Woodall was able to get his ride to the infield and the track was checked for oil from the 5w car.

On lap 16-race leader Hartley began pumping a heavy flume of white smoke from the right side of the motor. A broken stud on the valve cover was later found to be the culprit.

When the green flew again it was Mark Gimmler in the top spot but it wasn’t long before Steel roared from the second spot to take the lead. Sport Allen retired the 42x into the infield with motor problems as Steele pulled away from the rest of the field.

28 laps into the race Stan Butler dove low under second place Gimmler and the two made contact sending Gimmler into the turn four wall. Gimmler walked away from the crash but the car was done for the evening.

Steel put it on cruise control as took his seventh win in thirteen TBARA races in 2005 and built his points lead for the series, Gary Gimmler took second, third was Stan Butler, fourth went to Dude Teate and in the fifth spot Keith Butler.

“I really have to hand it to the crew we have a great maintained program that always keeps this car upfront” said Steele in the winners circle.

TBARA returns to DeSoto Super Speedway October 29th.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Several months ago it was a question whether Dave “Doughboy” Cleary would even be able to climb back into a racecar as he was taken from the track in an ambulance after a violent crash.

Those questions were all answered when he took the lead and never looked back and took home the trophy in the 25 lap Pure stock feature, Duane Best was in the second spot, third went John Brown, fourth place was Leonard McCue and in fifth Tim Hutton.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

“Jammin” Jessie Adair has had his troubles this season keeping his big Ford machine out of trouble but has turned it around taking a second in his last race. Tonight was his night to shine taking the checkers in the Bomber Feature, “Dynamite” Dave Davis extended his points lead with a second place run, third was Sean Cavanaugh, fourth Bob Waltz Jr. and fifth Chris Huntoon.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.Jeff Firestine
2.Bill Manfull
3.Nick King
4.Jim Alterizo
5.Clint Snyder

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Duane Best
2.Clint Roberts
3.Greg Krom
4.Casey Hall
5.Brian Tetters

Mini-Stocks

1.Dean Butrum
2.Jon Bailey
3.Wendy Shurtleff
4.Arlin Pope
5.Keith Bragg

Mod-Mini

1.Mike Margota
2.Bryan Wagner
3.Dustin Perez
4.Steve Booth
5.Ed Jasper

Jefferson Dominates 100 lap Open Wheel Mod Race

July 5th, 2005

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

The qualifying for the 100-lap feature started the night off with Pat Nanney taking the fast time but a problem in tech with his tire disqualified his time and put Timmy Moore on the pole.

The field was inverted and when the green dropped it was L.B.Skaggs with the early lead but it wasn’t long before the “Rocketman” took the top spot and settled in for the 100 lapper. Skaggs had a good run going but had problems later in the race ending in the 18th spot.

Billy Mowery dominated the last OWM feature but had his problems and was caught up in several yellows; he was only able to muster a 13th place finish.

Jefferson was masterful on the restarts getting a jump on nearly every drop of the green and was able to pull away from the field. Once Jefferson took the lead he was never really challenged as he roared to checkered flag, “I had a point to prove tonight after the last race” Jefferson said in the winners circle, Dawayne Dempsey took the ride of J.R.Wade and ran a solid second, third was a hard charging Timmy Moore who is a tight battle for the points lead with Jefferson and Mowery. Fourth was Mike Hinegardner and rounding out the top five was Phil Morrison.

FASCAR Pro Trucks

George Gorham was the fast qualifier for the Pro-Truck 50 lap feature with Sean Bass on the outside of him. The duo put on a show of their own for fifty laps nearly running every green flag lap side by side around the “High Banks”.

The fans were on their feet as the two young guns of truck racing went at all race long. Bass was a master of the high groove as he went door handle to door handle with Goreham. Each time it looked like Bass would make the pass Goreham was able to slam the door on him. The race came down to the final lap as the duo took the white flag Bass made another charge to the outside and the mass of fans again rose to their feet. Bass took his truck deep into turn three but the duo touched slowing Bass allowing Goreham to drive to the checkers, Bass settled for second but was definitely the crowd favorite as they stood and cheered when he was interviewed. Danny Foster took second, third was Jeff Firestine, and rounding out the top five was Bill Manfull.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

Several cars made the trek to DeSoto from Charlotte to make a run at the Bomber trophy and it appeared at the finish it would be an all CCS top three. But in post race tech two of the three were dqed but Bob Waltz Jr. stood tall and passed taking the victory, Jessie ”the Body” Adair took the second spot, third was “Dynamite” Dave Davis, fourth went to “Pistol” Pete Barr and the fifth spot was Jay King.

Mod-Minis

“Flyin” Bryan Wagner Dominated the early stages of the 25-lap feature until Mike Margotta was able to make a move forcing Wagner to the outside and take the top spot. Also able to get by was long time Sunshine racer Marty Niekens who slid into second.

It looked like Margotta was on his way to an easy victory but as the laps wound down the motor began to make an ugly sound and lost power. The field drove by sending Margotta back to finish in the 7th spot.

Neikens took the top spot but as the white flag flew Wagner was right on his heels. Wagner got under Neikens going into turn three but had to back off to avoid contact. Neikens held his line and went on to the win. Wagner finished in the second spot, “I could have turned him in three but that’s not the way I drive” he said later, third was Dustin Perez, fourth across the stripe was Steve Booth, in fifth Ray Folwell.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

It was Duane Best taking the win in the pure stock feature, second with a good run was Jeff Dufresne, third was Rich Shepard, fourth Darrin Ellis and fifth Mitch Webb.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

The Cowboy Caddie feature came down to the wire with “Big” Jody Collins edging out Roger Swinton by a bumper to take the victory, Joe Gagen was third, fourth was Robert St John and fifth Dave Morr.

John Garret was the winner in the enduro and Larry “the Wrecker Driver” was the last one running in the demo-derby.

2 for 2 for 2 at DeSoto, Russell and Ellis take Back to Back Wins

June 27th, 2005

Marty Pierce ruled the roost taking the fast time for the event followed by Steve Arnold, Tim Russell and Jessie Dutilly.

The field was inverted 5 rows after the roll of die putting Shawn Icely and Al Fradette on the front row. The green dropped and Icely took the top spot. Fradette slid into second where he would remain for most of the race. Points leader Steve Arnold the points leader going into the evening had his hands full all night long. His troubles started early as coming out of turn two he slammed the back stretch wall. He was able to continue but still had a hard time hooking up to the track. After several spins Arnold went around coming out of two again. Steve Gill slammed into the left front of the Arnold who was setting sideways on the backstretch. Gill was able to continue and finish 8th Arnold was 14th.

Tim Russell started mid pack but it wasn’t long before he got by Icely to take the top spot. The cautions flew several times during the race bunching the field but during stretches of green Russell would pull away from the rest of the pack. Russell went on to take the checkered flag and his second Turner Tree and Landscape LLM win in a row, Icely held on for the second spot, Al Fredette had a strong third place run during the 100 lapper was dqed in a post race inspection when an illegal tranny was found. Glenn Morris slid into the third spot, fourth went to Fast Qualifier Marty Pierce and rounding out the top five was Jessie Dutilly.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Richard Shepard jumped out to the early lead in the Pure Stock feature but as the laps wound down it was Darrin “Icewater” Ellis slinging the big Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the outside groove. Ellis was able to pass cars at will coming from the back of the pack and taking the lead. Once Ellis was able to get by Shepard it was smooth sailing as he cruised to his second feature win in as many weeks. Shepard took the second spot, third went to Jeff Dufresene, fourth was Dave Cleary and in fifth Leonard McCue. Mitch Webb was dqed in tech.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

“Radical” Rick Germony claimed the top prize in the Bomber feature, as the tech man was kept busy all night long. Gene McClough and Jay King were both dqed in post race inspections. “Pistol” Pete Barr was second, third went to Dave Davis, fourth Chester Lusk who started dead last on the field, and rounding out the top five was Jerome “Sideways” Watland.

Outlaw Late Models

Ed Kidd and Jim Kelly put on a whale of a show in the closing laps of their feature. Running side by side in the closing laps with Kidd coming out on top and Kelly finishing a close second, third went to Roger Welch, fourth across was Scott Holly and fifth went to Bill VanDevender.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.Jeff Firestine
2.Nick King
3.Clint Snyder
4.Jim Alterizio
5.Graham McCorvey

Mini-Stocks

1.Dean Butrum
2.Todd Freed Jr.
3.Jon Bailey
4.Mike Kerrivan
5.Todd Schnieder

Mod-Mini

1.Robbie Storer
2.Ray Folwell
3.Bryan Wagner
4.Dustin Perez
5.Clay Joseph
DQ Dusty Robinson

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Jimmie Best
2.Casey Hall
3.Duane Best
4.William Slack
5.Dennis Wilson

Mowery Dominates Huge Modified Field

June 21st, 2005

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

Thirty-one cars signed in for the 50 lap Q Auto and Injury Atty.’s Open Wheel Modified Series race. The drivers were told in the drivers meeting that all 31 cars would take to the track for the feature event.

Series points leader Timmy Moore lead the field in qualifying followed by Robby McAuliffe, Doug Moff, Bobby Baldwin and Pat Nanney. The points chase is a close one as Moore leads by just a scant 5 points over second place Wayne “the Rocketman” Jefferson going into the nights race.

The field was inverted five rows by the roll of the die putting “Racin” Mason Love and Mike Hingardner on the front row. When the green dropped it was Hingardner who jumped out to the early lead. Jefferson had a tough night from the get go as on the first lap he bounced off the backstretch wall in a cloud of concrete dust but gathered the car up and continued on.

Hinegardner had a good run going in the 1X machine and had built up a straightaway lead over Love and the rest of the field but a caution came out bunching the field. On the restart Billy “the Kid” Mowery made the move on Love getting by for the second spot setting his sites on the leader. It wasn’t long before Mowery was on Hingardner and took his machine to the front and the lead.

Jefferson meanwhile had his hands full with Love trying both the high and low lines trying to get around for the second spot. Contact was made several times between the duo but eventually the Rocketman was able to get by and move into second. During the battle behind him Mowery had built a good lead and looked like he was going to cruise to the win when another yellow came out lining up the field behind him for the restart. Jefferson was right on the back bumper of the leader and looked like he sized him up for the move for the lead when another caution came out slowing the field again. As the cars paced around the track as clean was going on Jefferson suddenly darted into the pits with a tire going down. Jefferson was able to make it out before the green dropped but only could come back with an 11th place finish.

With Jefferson gone Mowery cruised to the win, Pat Nanney had an awesome run for second, third went to Mason Love, fourth was Timmy Moore and rounding out the top five was Robby McAuliffe.

Southern Sportsman Series

Travis Nichols lead the Southern Sportsman Series 33 car field in qualifying but it was points leader and last years champion Aaron Williamson who was the class of the field as lead from the drop of the green in 50 lap action packed event.

Williamson cruised to the victory padding his points lead, second was Travis Nichols, third was Patrick Thomas who came from near the back of the field to take the spot, fourth went to Kyle Tenbusch and Derrick Heath came from 12th spot to finish in fifth.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

John Brown jumped out to the early lead in the 25-lap feature event. Brown was the car to beat but in the late stages of the race it was it was Darrin “Dogwood” Ellis who roared to the front sticking the big Monte Carlo on the outside groove and was not to be denied as took his first win of the season. Brown ended up second, third was Ken Smith, fourth went to Roy Wilshire and in fifth Tim Hutton.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

The Bomber class again had the most exciting race of the night as 23-car field had the fans on their feet all night long. Going 3 and 4 wide and swapping paint sheet metal all race long.

“Pistol” Pete Barr took the lead with only a few laps to go looking for his first ever win. When the white flag flew Barr saw his lead diminish and the field closed in as they headed into turn 3. It was a mad dash coming out of turn four with the top 3 cars making contact sending them wildly to the start/finish line. When they got to the line it looked like a dead heat at the checkers. It was a photo finish at the line with Barr taking the win by a half bumper length over Jay King to wild applause from the fans. “I think they need to check that bumper in tech,” said a smiling Jay King. Third went to Dave Davis, fourth across the stripe was Chester Lusk and in the fifth spot Jerome “Sideways” Watland.

Outlaw Modifieds

Bringing 18 cars to Desoto Speedway, The Outlaw Modifieds “Florida’s fastest four cylinders” Racing Series waited out the big boy’s to put on a great Fathers Day Race. Phillip Brigham of Ft Pierce wanted to give his Dad a Fathers Day Gift he would not forget. Pulling out his second win of the season Phillip did just that. Driving the seven car like he stole it, Brigham started on the outside pole and quickly took the lead. Running caution free for an amazing 25 laps of green flag racing with an average lap time of 15.4 seconds, the Outlaws proved again you don’t have to spend a lot of money to go fast. Cliff Steinman of the Brandanna 23 car out of Ft Myers, was the only car to make a bid for the lead but he had taken all the Hoo from his Hoosiers getting to the front from mid pack. Robert Campbell driving the Open MRI 10 car of Dr. Seigfreid Holtz took third. Nephew Billy Campbell of Holiday Fl, in the 11 car finished fourth. Mike Bean of Miami finished the top five in the 12 car.

Mini-Stocks

1.Todd Freed Jr.
2.Dean Butrum
3.Jon Bailey
4.Clay Joseph
5.Bruce Moorehouse

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.Joe Gagen
2.Roger Swinton
3.Kenny Gibson
4.Anthony Easton

DeSoto Hosts Huge Night of Racing Action

June 5th, 2005

The “Hoosier Cup” All American Challenge Series will be back in action for their 125-lap feature event in race #6 of the series. Race #5 saw the return of “Big Daddy” Dave Pletcher the 2003 champion. Pletcher was able to bring his ride home in the 6th spot. Wayne Anderson who is running in his first full season with AACS leads the points in the series but right on his heels are Mike Bresnahan and 04 champ Jeff Scofield.

Scofield won his second race in a row for high-powered super late models. His last win did not come without controversy as he and Chris Fontaine got together late in the race with Fontaine leading. On track officials had deemed that Fontaine had cut down on Scofield sending the driver of the #47 machine around in a cloud of tire smoke. Fontaine was sent to the rear of the field much to the displeasure of the crowd. Fontaine made his statement as he pulled in front of the flag stand with a huge pair of glasses hanging out the driver’s side window. The saga continues this Saturday night…

Perhaps the biggest story of the night will be one “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson. Jefferson recently took over the driving chores in the 94 Super Late Model machine formerly wheeled by “the Big Fish” Chris Turner. Jefferson will be racing in his third race of the young AACS season. Jefferson will also be competing in the “Q” Auto and Injury Attorneys Open Wheel Modifieds “twin 75 lap” features. Jefferson will be attempting to run 275 laps around the tough “High Banks” of DeSoto Super Speedway on what is expected to be a “Hot” June night………Get the water bottles ready boys!

The Open Wheel points race is a tight affair with Timmy Moore leading Jefferson by just 5 points going into the 150 laps of racing coming up. Drivers and crews will have their hands full for these action packed events.

Also on tap at the “South’s Fastest Short Track” is the Mini-Stock 50 lap shoot out. This race usually brings some of the top mini drivers from around the state. Todd Freed Jr. who won the ’04 points championship who recently moved up to the Street Stock ranks will be one of the favorites for this one, but with Jessie Dutilly doing the wrenching on his machine don’t count out Dean Butrum in what should be a grinder right down to the end.

Other events on the schedule for this night full of racing action are the “Sleep Inn Suites” Bombers. This class has thrilled the fans each and every weekend. Going 3 and 4 wide, swapping sheet metal and close finishes has kept the crowd on their feet. DeSoto Trucks, Kids Trucks, Cowboy Caddies and the Mod-Minis make up the rest of the nights racing action.

Also stay tuned the negotiations are still ongoing for the July 2nd FASCAR-FASTRUCK show down at the high banks of DeSoto Super Speedway. Stay Tuned!

Gates open at 5 racing action starts at 7!

Russell Claims Second Memorial Day Weekend Win

May 30th, 2005

The “0” came up on the roll of the die, which meant the field would start straight up from qualifying.

When the green dropped there was a mad scramble as the 30 of Dutilly experienced mechanical woes. Flames popped out of the exhaust as the car failed to fire just under the flag stand sending cars sliding across the front stretch. When the smoke cleared Dutilly took his ride to the pits and his night was over before it started.

With Dutilly out Steve Dorer jumped out to the lead and at one time had almost half a lap on the rest of the field. Dorer looked a shoe in to take the win when his car suddenly slowed. As the field checked up behind him Dorer retired the 10 car down into the infield for the night.

Tim Russell, who had won the Good Year Challenge Series Friday night at Orlando Speedworld assumed the top spot and never looked back as he took his second win of the Memorial day weekend. The race for second was hot and heavy with Steve Arnold edging out Glenn Morris. “ The car was a handful tonight I’m happy with second” Arnold said after the race. Fourth across the stripe was Chuck Burkhalter and in fifth was Shawn Icely.

Clear Channel School Bus Fig.8

Scott Brown and Mike Gamache ran side by side in the early laps of the Bus Figure 8 race. Several near misses at the X had the crowd on its feet through out the 25-lap event.

When the dust settled it was Brown dominating the final laps roaring to the checkers, Ernest Helfrick got around Gamache late to take second, third was Gamache, fourth went to Greg Smith with the fifth spot going to Mark Jackson.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

“The Mayor” John Stewart has had a rough month of May at the “High Banks” but all the stars were aligned as he dominated the final laps of the Bomber feature. Sean Cavanaugh edged closer to his first feature win coming home in the second spot. Dave Davis fought his way into the third spot, fourth went to Jesse Adair and rounding out the top five was “Jammin” Jay King.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Mike Amo climbed into the ride of Duane Campbell to make his return to the Cowboy Caddie ranks and showed he hadn’t lost his touch in the full sized pick-up trucks. With the bumpers dragging from early race contacts Amo held off a hard charging Joe Gagen to return to the winners circle, Gagen settled for the second spot, third went to Allen Bragg, fourth was Roger Swinton and fifth Shannon Query.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Coming off back to back second place finishes last week in the “twin 25” Street Stock features Dennis Wilson climbed into the 35 machine of Greg Krom and roared to the 20 lap feature, second across the stripe was Brian “DeJa Vue” Teeters, third was Duane Best, fourth went to Casey Hall and fifth William Slack.

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

Dennis Wilson won his second feature of the evening in the Open Wheels barley holding off the late race charge of “Racin” Mason Love. Love took the second spot, third went Ralph Bowman, fourth across was Bobby Baldwin and in fifth Chris Robbins.

Scofield takes AACS Race #5

May 23rd, 2005

The only challenge to Scofield was late in the race when Chris Fontaine who used a bump draft to get by Scofield to take the top spot. It wasn’t long before Scofield was challenging him for the lead.

Scofield was able to get under Fontaine coming out of four and the two got together sending Fontaine around in a cloud of Hoosier tire smoke. The officials on the track deemed that Fontaine had come down on Scofield sending the #47 car to the rear of the field.

From there on Scofield dominated the race taking his second win in a row, Wayne Anderson took second, third was Dawayne Bryan, fourth across the stripe was Jeff Choquette, and rounding out the top five was Mike Bresnahan.

International Contractors Street Stocks

The Street Stocks ran “Twin 25” lap races making up for their feature that was rained out the week before.

Race#1

Brian “DejaVue” Teeters the ’04 Champ was coming off a rough night at Orlando Speedworld running the Southern Sportsman Series roared from the rear of the pack to take the win, second across was Dennis Wilson in only his second race in the former pure stock machine, William Slack was third, fourth went to Wayne Dove and in fifth Rob Taylor.

Race #2

William Slack came out strong and was not to be denied in race #2 as he was first across the stripe, once again it was Dennis Wilson taking the second spot, Brian Teeters took third, fourth went to Greg Krom and fifth was Duane Best.

Sleep Inn Suites Bombers

“Radical” Rick Germony has had a black cloud over his head the past few weeks but the skies cleared and he roared to the checkered flag, second was Sean Cavanaugh, third went to James Crawford Jr., fourth was Jesse Adair, and rounding out the top five was Jay King.

Q Auto and Injury Atty’s OWM

1.Ralph Bowman
2.Bobby Baldwin
3.Mike Hinegardner
4.Steve Duerr
5.Dennis Cantara

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.Joe Gagen
2.Roger Swinton
3.Shannon Query
4.Kenny Gibson

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.Jimmie Best
2.Leonard McCue
3.Dave Cleary
4.Ken Smith
5.Roy Wilshire

Rain Shortens DeSoto Show

May 16th, 2005

FASCAR Pro Trucks

Local driver Nick King was the fastest truck for qualifying taking fast time but a problem with tires in the post race inspection relegated him to the rear of the field for the start of the 50-lap event.

Throughout the dry portions of the day everyone was having a hard time connecting to the track in turn four and several drivers went around during the course of the race bringing out the yellow.

Jamie Skinner, son of NASCAR shoe Mike Skinner started on the pole with ’04 Open Wheel Modified champ and current Hooters Pro Cup driver Johnny Sarppaicone Jr. starting on the front.

Sarppaicone followed in Skinners tire track for most of the race. As the laps wound down he made several runs at Skinner but was not able to get by.

When the checkers flew it was Skinner taking the win, Sarppaicone in second, third went to Mike “the Stickman” Gamache, Scott Bishop was fourth, and in fifth Danny Foster.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Twenty-one Pure Stocks rolled out for their feature event and from the drop of the green the battle was on. It took several tries to get the first green flag lap in and even then the yellows were flying.

Duane Best powered his way to the outside and was never challenged after he took the top spot and cruised to the win. With sheet metal flying and paint being traded the battle was for the second spot and when the smoke cleared it was Mitch Webb collecting the second place trophy. Darrin Ellis made a late race charge and took the “Flying 57” Chevy Monte Carlo #71 to the third spot, fourth was Clint Roberts and rounding out the top five it was Leonard McCue.

This Saturday night will be the 50-lap shoot out for the Pure Stock class and if this week was any indication it will be the race of the night!

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Duane “the Scott” Campbell the ’04 Cowboy Caddie champ made his return to “the South’s Fastest Short” and made his presence know and he returned to the outside groove and roared to the checkers. Joe Gagen’s late race run paid off for second, third went to Roger Swinton, Shannon Query took fourth and fifth across was Allen Bragg.

Sleep Inn Bombers

James Crawford lead the field to checkers in the 25 lap all green flag feature that saw drivers going three and four wide fighting for positions all over the track not once bringing out the yellow. Rick Germony who was involved in a violent last lap crash last week brought his ride home in second, third went to Sean Cavanaugh who was also involved in last weeks incident, fourth was Jay King and in the fifth spot Dave Davis.

Outlaw Late Models

Minor handling problems didn’t keep Ed Kidd from returning to the winners circle, Ron Heard Jr. gave Kidd a good run but settled for the second spot, third went to Denny Neighbor, fourth was Robby McCauliffe and fifth Pete Coon.

The skies opened up again just before 11 pm forcing the cancellation of the rest of the evening’s racing program. The skies opened up again just before 11 pm forcing the cancellation of the rest of the evening’s racing program. The International Contractors Street Stocks will be running “twin” 25’s this coming weekend with Q Auto and Injury Attorneys Open Wheel Modifieds being rescheduled to run their 75-lap feature in June.

The Florida Mini-Stock Challenge Series will announce a new date in the near future.

Scofield Battles to Win in AACS Race #4

May 8th, 2005

The top two drivers in qualfiying were also the top two in the point’s race. Wayne Anderson took fast time over ’04 champ Jeff Scofield.

The field was inverted 5 rows putting Shane Sawyer and B.J.McLeod on the front row. Sawyer took the early lead as McLeod who had problems early in the day fell back to the fifth spot. McLeod fell out of the race before the halfway point finishing 16th on the grid.

As Sawyer led without much challenge in the early stages of the race the competition was really heating up behind the leader.

Scofield was thrashing his way through the pack from his 10th starting spot. The ’04 champion was able to put his ride wherever he wanted on the racetrack. Each pass was an adventure in its own right, as the drivers in front of Scofield did not yield their spots easily.

All eyes were on the battle for the second spot as Scofield had caught Chris Fontaine the right side sheet metal came loose and began flapping in the over 100 mph breeze. “I didn’t want to take a chance on passing on the outside and cutting a tire down,” said Scofield.

Scofield saw his chance on a restart going low and taking the second spot. Fontaine was later black flagged for unsportsman like conduct and sent packing to the pits.

In the late stages of the race Scofield was able to go under Sawyer out of two to take the lead. That’s when the fireworks began going off. Steve Dorer attempted a pass on James Glover with the two making contact. The 10 car of Dorer ended up on the roof of Glover nearly going over before the two came to an abrupt stop on the turn one wall.

Wayne Anderson also had a brilliant run going until early race leader Shane Sawyer lost his brakes in the first turn making contact with Anderson as the two were racing for the second spot. The crash ended Sawyers run and left Anderson with front-end damage that would cause him to leave the race with two laps to go. Anderson would finish tenth on the night.

When the smoke cleared and the checkers flew it was Jeff Scofield taking the win. In his best finish to date the 2004 AACS Rookie of the Year Richie Anderson came across second. Scot Walters had a solid run for third. And in a wild race for fourth it was Mike Bresnahan edging out Robert Yoho.

*note: The “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson made his AACS Debut in the 94 car. “We still have some work to do on the car but when we get it right watch out,” said Jefferson after the race. Jefferson finished 8th in his first run.

1. JEFF SCOFIELD
2. RICHIE ANDERSON
3. SCOT WALTERS
4. MIKE BRESNAHAN
5. ROBERT YOHO
6. JEFF SLOAN
7. DAWAYNE BRYAN
8. WAYNE JEFFERSON
9. TODD BROWN
10. WAYNE ANDERSON

Bombers

The fans were on their feet as the Bombers also put on wild show. On the last lap the leaders were involved in a grinding last lap crash opening the door for Jerome Watland who took the win, Jay King was second, third went to James Crawford Jr., Kenny Gibson finished fourth and fifth was Dan Partelo.

NAPA Cowboy Caddies

1. Joe Gagen
2. Roger Swinton
3. Allen Bragg
4. Matt Wildrick
5. Shannon Query

Sarasota Ford DS Trucks

1. Jeff Firetine
2. Nick King
3. George Gorham Jr.
4. Jim Alterizio
5. Clint Sawyer

Mini-Stocks

1. Todd Freed Jr.
2. Dean Butrum
3. Jon Bailey
4. Mike Kerrivan
5. Buddy Traylor

Mod-Mini

1. Justin Larson
2. Ronnie Jenezon
3. Clay Joseph
4. Joe Irwin
5. Sam Rogers Sr.

International Contractors Street Stocks

1. Ron Heard
2. Jimmie Best
3. Greg Krom
4. David Williamsom
5. Dennis Wilson

Mother Nature Doesn’t Dampen DeSoto

April 25th, 2005

Johnny Casady took the early lead after starting on the pole after inverting the first four rows. The racing heated up fast as the top ten cars were all battling for the top spot. The drivers were bumping and grinding around the speedway jockeying for position.

Jessie Dutilly used a bump draft on Casady to take the top spot, which he never relinquished. Behind Dutilly there was a five-car battle for the second spot involving Casady, Steve Arnold, Glenn Morris, Jeff Wogoman and Mike Franklin. Arnold and Franklin were sent to the rear after bringing out the yellow.

Wogoman drove his ride deep into turn three trying to get passed Casady but Casady slammed the door. Wogoman had to get hard on the binders, spinning in turn four. Morris had no where to go and slammed into Wogoman. Both drivers were checked out by the safety crew and
were OK.

Arnold and Franklin both made their way back through the field and did their best but just couldn’t get around Casady. Dutilly roared to his second win of the season, Casady took second, third was Franklin, fourth across was Steve Arnold and in fifth Shawn Icely.

Clear Channel School Bus Figure 8

Mike Gamache made it two in a row in a wild School Bus Figure 8 race. The first six laps saw more carnage and destroyed buses then the final 19. Buses were flipping and crashing at the “X” from the drop of the Green flag.

When the white flag flew 4 buses were left out of the 16 starters. Gamache scored his second win in row in the buses, Scott Brown finished second, Ernest Helfrick was third Anthony Sarppriacone III was fourth, and fifth James Volk.

Bombers

The Bomber class saw a wild finish. After leading the majority of the race William Slack came out of turn four on the white flag lap only to be taken around by Rick Germony. Slack ended up 11th with Germony 12th. Jerome “Sideways” Watland was the benefactor of the melee taking the checkered flag.

Mini Stocks

Todd Freed Jr. was driving away with the Mini-Stock feature when rear end let go ending his race just short of finish. “Gentleman” Jon Bailey took the win. “I smelled gear oil and I thought it was my car,” said Bailey, “but then I saw Todd slow in front me.” Dean Butrum took second, third was Steve Glover after the dq of Bruce Moorehouse, Zach Harmount took fifth.

International Contractors Street Stocks

1.Wayne Dove
2.Duane Best
3.Greg Krom
4.Todd Freed Jr.
5.Mark Wright

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

1.Richard McClough
2.Darrin Ellis
3.Rick Hurley
4.Ken Smith
5.Duane Best

Dorer Powers to Win in A.A.C.S. Race #3

April 18th, 2005

With the field inverted 4 rows from the roll of the die 2004 rookie of the year Richie Anderson and Steve Dorer made up the front row. Anderson jumped out to the early lead with Dorer on his back bumper.

Anderson lead several laps but the car slid high allowing Dorer to get under him, Dorer took over the top spot with Anderson being hung on the high side. Anderson slid back to mid pack and finished 15th on the field.

The racing was mostly nose to tail with Dorer showing the way with Marty Pierce and “Big” Wayne Morris in third. Just after the half way mark Jeff Choquette began making his move. The field went three wide as Choquette made his way around Wayne Anderson and Jeff Scofield to move into the fourth spot. Scofield suffered mechanical problems falling 18th.

Morris and Choquette put on a good show for the 3rd spot. The two made contact going into turn one; Morris had to let up allowing Choquette to take the spot.

Chris Fontaine also was able to make his way through the field and was soon battling Choquette for the third spot. Pierce who was running in second when late in the race his car slowed ending his night and putting him in the 16th spot.

As the laps wound down it looked like Fontaine was ready to make his move on Choquette when a broken rear end put him in the pits finishing in 14th.

Dorer was never challenged as took his first win of the season. Dorer was the third different winner in as many races. Choquette took the second spot, points leader ended up third, “We tried a lot of different things with the car tonight but went the wrong, I’m
just happy to come out of here with third” Anderson said after the race. Darryl Shelnut ran a strong fourth and Scot Walters took fifth.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Survival was the name of the game in the Pure Stock feature. From the drop of the green flag the cars were going three and four wide. There were several hard crashes during the 25-lap feature but none was as bad as the one involving Mark Zsolzai was. On a restart after a yellow Zsolzai went head on into the turn three retaining wall. The crowd held their breath as the safety crew took Zsolzai from his ride. After a thorough check out the driver was ok.

When the smoke cleared it was “Ravishing” Rick Hurley coming from mid pack to take the win, James Nanney roared to a strong second, Duane Campbell dominated the outside groove and took third, fourth went to Ken Smith and fifth John Brown.

Mini-Stocks

It was Todd Freed Jr. hitting the setup as he dominated the mini-stock feature event, Buddy Traylor made his return to the “High Banks” taking a solid second, third went to “Gentleman” Jon Bailey, fourth was Dean Butrum and in fifth Wendy Shurtleff.

Outlaw Modifieds

Mike Bean took the lead and never looked back as he took the trophy in the Outlaw feature. Second across was Raymond “Super Frog” Jones, third went to Billy Campbell, fourth was Cliff Steinman and fifth Doug Hopper.

Outlaw Late Models

With good crowd of fans representing the closed Sunshine Speedway on hand the Outlaw Late Models rolled onto the track. One of those fans on hand was long time race fan 93 year old Maude Matlock.

Denny Neighbor and Ed Kidd ran hard with Neighbor taking the win, second was Kidd, third was Robert Crisp, fourth Jim Kelly and taking fifth Brian Teeters.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

1.Joe Gagen
2.Rich Wildrick
3.Matt Wildrick
4.Roger Swinton
5.Tony Pace

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Truck Series

1.Nick King
2.Jim Reppi
3.Danny Foster
4.C.J. Calabrese
5.Danny Poling

Jefferson Holds off Moore for OWM Win

April 10th, 2005

The roll of the die sent Jefferson and Moore to the middle of the field when the field was inverted five rows. This put Cheat Senogossoff and Billy”the Kid” Mowery on the front row.

Mowery lead the field out of turn two after the drop of the green with Senogossoff hot on his tail. The pack was tight behind them. Jefferson, Moore and Moff were all maneuvering through the field trying to get to the front.

An early caution came out for Senogossoff going around in turn four. That would be one several spins for the driver of the 61 who after the race said, “”The right rear just wouldn’t hook up.”

It wasn’t long before Moff and the Rocketman came through and were running first and second respectively. Moff was on the back bumper of leader Mowery lap after lap, trying high and low for the lead.

Moff made his move coming out four trying to go low when Mowery slammed the door. This forced Moff to get on the brakes sending him down on the apron of the race track and as he tried to gather it back up in turn one the nose of his car caught the tail of Jefferson who went around in a cloud of smoke. Jefferson retained his spot on the track with Moff
being sent to the rear. Moff was caught up in a late race altercation, loosing a tire as he slammed the front stretch wall giving him a disappointing 13th place finish.

The final ten laps saw the top three cars, Jefferson, Moore and Mowery all battling lap after lap. Jefferson who had spun earlier in the race had his hands full with Moore right on his back bumper right until the end.

The crowd was on their feet as Jefferson edged Moore out to take the win with Mowery right in the fight.

Jefferson claimed the $2,000 prize money, with Moore taking second. “The car was great tonight I just couldn’t get around the 1 car,” said Timmy Moore. Mowery came across in third, fourth was Sean McLaughlin and in fifth “Mopar Missile” Pat Nanney.

T.B.A.R.A. Winged Sprints

David Steele was going for three wins in row at the “High Banks”. But it was David Slawiack who took the win in the Sprint feature holding off Bo Hartley in second with Steele finishing third.

International Contractors Street Stocks

Aaron Williams used the outside groove and drove it to the win in the Street Stock feature, Duane Best used that same groove to get by brother Jimmie late the race for second, third was Jimmie Best, fourth was Greg Krom and David Williamson fifth.

Bombers

John Stewart got the monkey off his back and powered to the Bomber feature win, Jay King followed across in second, Dave Davis took third, fourth was Jesse Adair and in fifth Pete Barr.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Matt Wildrick took his first feature win ever in the Cowboy Caddies edging out his Father Rich Wildrick for the checkers. In an emotional winners circle interview a choked up Widlrick said” I’m really proud to see him take this win. Third was Roger Swinton, fourth was Shannon Query and in fifth Kenny Gibson.

Mini-Stocks

1.Dean Butrum
2.Todd Freed Jr.
3.Wendy Shurtleff
4.Steve Glover
5.Todd Schnieder

Mod Minis

1.C.J.Fisher
2.Dusty Robinson
3.Mike Margotta
4.Ed Jasper
5.Dustin Perez

Glover Survives Yellow Flag Fever

April 5th, 2005

Two of those drivers sat first and second in the points; Shane Sawyer was filling in for leader Wayne Anderson and “Super” Mario Gosselin sporting the 07 was wheeling for Jeff Scofield who sat second. Gosselin is coming off a strong third place finish in the ARCA Series.

Dawayne Bryan and Steve Dorer ran identical 14.450 times in qualifying with Bryan being awarded the pole due to his standing in the points.

The front row was short lived as the roll of the die inverted the field 6 rows putting Chris Turner and Shane Sawyer on the front row.

From the drop of the green flag there was action on the track, as Turners machine appeared to miss a gear sending the field behind him scrambling. James Glover dove low and took the lead with Sawyer right on his back bumper.

As Turner and Sawyer drove away from the field the rest of the pack was having a tough time hooking up to the racing surface. Of the first 100 laps 46 were under the caution flag. Rain earlier in the day and seven hard fought features prior made the track tough
to hook up to.

In a Bristol-like run the cautions kept coming right up to the end. The final 3 laps went green and Sawyer made several runs at the leader but wasn’t able to get around as Glover roared green to checkers to take the win. Sawyer collected second place points for Anderson. “Big” Wayne Morris held onto an ill handling car for third, Mike Bresnahan stayed out of trouble for fourth and rounding out the top five was Scot Walters.

Gosselin had a rough evening finishing a disappointing 16th for Scofield.

International Contractors Street Stocks 1

William Slack was not to be denied as he roared green to checkers to take the street stock win. “we finally figured it out and the car is really handling” said Slack in the winners circle. David Williamson took second, third was Ron Herd Jr., Greg Krom ran fourth and in fifth Wayne Dove.

Bombers

Once again the Bomber class had the fans on their feet swapping sheet metal and running three and four wide in the 25-lap feature. Jay King took the lead on daring three wide pass coming out of turn two, blazing from third to the top spot. King took the win, Rick
Germony also made a great move to finish second, third went to a strong running Jesse Adair, Pete Barr was fourth and in fifth Dave Davis.

Q Auto & Injury Open Wheel Modifieds

Dale Shelton took the lead and never looked back taking the trophy home in the Open Wheel feature, Ralph Bowman was second, third went to Bobby Baldwin, Fourth was Timmy Moore and fifth Eric Rudd.

Pyramid Employers Pure Stocks

Dave Cleary was the class of the field taking his first feature win of the season in the pure stock feature. Once again Duane Best and “Ravishing” Rick Hurley were the show as the duo battled lap after lap for the second spot. Best was able to stick it on the outside to take the second spot, Hurley settled for third. “I always put right side tires on before a race but I didn’t this week and it bit me” Hurley said. Darrin Ellis came home fourth and fifth went to Leonard McCue.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Trucks

1.Jeff Firestine
2.Nick King
3.Jim Reppi

Outlaw Late Models

1.Ed Kidd
2.Dennis Neighbor
3.Jim Kelly

Arnold Powers Way to DeSoto Limited Late Win

March 28th, 2005

Morris took the early lead while the action heated up behind him. Lonny Miller was running second when Steve Arnold made the move on him, the two made contact sending Arnold into a spin. Miller tagged the tail of the field and Arnold reclaimed the spot.

A red flag came out just after half way when a grinding crash brought the race to a halt. Steve Gill and Jordan Richardson were tangled together in turn one when Kyle Maynard, with no where to go plowed into the two. Although the crash was bad and the cars destroyed everyone was able to walk away.

When the green flag dropped Steve Arnold made a move on Jessie Dutilly and roared to the lead and never looked back taking his first win of the young season. Jerry Artuso took a strong second, third was Dutilly, fourth was Glenn Morris and rounding out the top five
was Johnny Casady.

Southern Sportsman Series

The Southern Sportsman Series saw 37 cars line up to qualify for the 28-car field. ’99 DeSoto pure stock champ James Knight took fast time for the 50 lap race.

The racing was hot and heavy during the 50-lap event and when the smoke cleared it was Ed Kidd in the winner circle. The win was short lived as Kidd and 2nd place Pat Thomas were dqed in tech handing the win to Sam Cressman, second went to Kyle Tenbusch, third was Hal Vickery, fourth across was ’04 champ Aaron Williamson and in fifth Brian Teeters.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Joe Gagen and Rich Wildrick had the near capacity crowd on their feet as the duo went after each other lap after lap. When the checkers fell it was Gagen edging out Wildrick by a bumper for his first win in the Cowboy Caddies, Wildrick second, third Roger Swinton, fourth Shannon Query, in fifth Tony Pace.

Mini-Stocks

Dean Butrum finally got the hook up and took his first win of the year in the mini-stock class, second went to Todd Freed Jr. on his old tires, third was ” Gentleman” Jon Bailey, fourth was Timmy Troyer and in fifth Kip Bryant.

Pure Stocks

Rick Hurley held off Duane Best for the pure stock win, Hurley who had challenged Lucas Cazemiro to bring his school grades up awarded the young man a “Pocket Rocket” for his accomplishments. Third place went to Richard McClough, fourth was Keith Thorbin and fifth
Dave Cleary.

Q Auto & Injury Open Wheel Modifieds

1.Bobby Baldwin
2.Dennis Wilson Jr.
3.Jack Arnold
4.Ralph Bowman
5.Kevyn Terry

Bombers

1.Dave Davis
2.Cody Gilder
3.Jesse Adair
4.John Stewart
5.Rick Germony

Wayne Anderson Triumphant in “Icebreaker 150”

March 21st, 2005

The infield was turned into a pit road, the racers were allowed to make pit stops with tire changes under the yellow flag, which made for some interesting strategies later in the race.

With the roll of the die the first 4 rows were inverted putting Wayne Morris and Dawayne Bryan on the front row. Several cautions held up the start of the race but when the green finally flew over the field it was Dawayne Bryan who jumped out and was the class of the field. At times Bryan commanded a half-straightaway lead over the rest of the pack.

Behind the leader the racing was hot and heavy. ’04 champ Jeff Scofield and Mario Gosselin were battling each other lap after lap when contact was made between the duo sending Scofield around in a cloud of Hoosier tire smoke. Gosselin was sent to the rear with Scofield holding his spot on the track.

“Mr. Excitement” Jimmy Cope and Wayne Anderson were also racing each other for position. After swapping sheet metal for several laps Anderson bumped Cope coming out of turn two sending Mr. Excitement in the spin cycle. Anderson was deemed the aggressor in the fray putting him the tail of the lead lap cars.

Jeff Choquette made his way into the top five from his tenth starting spot and looked like the car to beat but a broken oil pump sent him to the pits ending his night.

Up front Jeff Scofield had gotten around second place “Big” Wayne Morris competing in his first full season of the “Hoosier Cup All American Challenge Series.” Dawayne Bryan continued to lead.

After a long green flag stretch the yellow came out just after the half way mark for Jimmy Cope whose tires had completely gone away and causing him to spin in turn four. When the pits were opened the tire strategies began.

Diving into the pits were Gosselin, Cope, and Mike Bresnahan. Shelnut surprised everyone by also coming in for a tire change from his third spot on the track. With the volley of pit stops Wayne Anderson, after a methodical run from the back of the pack sat third on the restart.

Scofield was able to get by Bryan to take the top spot but it was short lived as Anderson roared to the front of the pack taking the top spot over the 07 machine.

As the laps wound down Anderson and Scofield were able to break away from the rest of the pack but it wasn’t long before lapped traffic came into play. The leaders took the white flag and Scofield climbed right up to the back of Anderson. The two touched in turn three and Scofield used a bump draft in four but was not able to get by the determined Anderson.

Anderson was able to go the whole 150 laps on one set of tires; “the crew put a set up in the car before the rain out that was perfect so we stuck with it and it worked” said Anderson in the winner circle.

Jeff Scofield was happy with his second place finish, “Wayne was really strong, I’m just glad to finish one piece, the car was really good tonight” Scofield said after the race.

The tire stop worked for Gosselin as he was able to take third, fourth was Dwayne Bryan who lead the most laps of the night and rounding out the top five was Wayne Morris.

The hard charger award went to Daniel Keene Jr. who finished 12th after starting 22nd.

Sarasota Ford DeSoto Truck Series

John Sarppraicone Jr. fresh off his Hooters Pro Cup debut subbed for Bill Manfull and dominated the truck feature. Nick King ran a strong second, third was Jim Alterizio, fourth was Danny Poling and in fifth Jim Reppi.

Timmy Moore Takes 100 lap Open Wheel

March 14th, 2005

When the die came up on a “0” leaving the field as qualified everyone’s opinion was that the real race would be for second.

The green dropped and Jefferson showed his early dominance jumping out to a full straightaway lead. But towards the mid point of the race Jefferson’s car seemed to be fading as Timmy Moore pulled within a carlength of the leader.

The drama began just after the half way mark as a five-car pile up brought out the red flag. With the cars halted on a front stretch Jefferson jumped out of his ride and began adjusting the air pressure on his right rear tire. Race director Joe Calnan made the call that “the Rocketman” would be sent to the rear of the field for working on his car under red. After a heated discussion on the track Jefferson took his car to the rear and the race was on.

With Jefferson sent to the back Moore was in the top spot. Robbie McAuliffe had a solid second run going went his motor expired in turn four ending his night in a cloud of smoke.

Jefferson steadily made his back towards the front with the cheers of the fans rooting him on lap after lap. Late in the run Jefferson had made his way back to the top five and was racing hard with Billy “the Kid” Mowery for the fourth spot. The two made contact
several times but were able to gather it up. Jefferson was able to get under Mowery going into three when they touched sending Mowery into a wild spin into the wall demolishing his racecar.

The green came out with four laps to go and Moore was able to take the first win of the season, Phil Morrison held off Jefferson for second, Jefferson took third, fourth was James Glover and in fifth Mason Love.

Street Stocks

David Williamson showed the way in the Street Stock feature. Williamson took the green and lead from green to checkers, his only challenge came from ’04 Southern Sportsman Series champion Aaron Williamson who made several runs at the leader but had to settle for second. Todd Freed Jr., the ’04 Mini-Stock champ in only his third start in a street stock held off ’99 Pure Stock champ James Knight for third, in fifth it was Greg Krom who came from the back of the pack.

Bombers

Some of the best racing of the evening came from the Bomber class. From the drop of the green flag the cars were swapping sheet metal and bouncing off the walls around the racetrack. Going three and sometimes four wide in the turns they raced every lap like it was their last.

Jerome “Sideways” Watland had the crowd on its feet as he was driving the wheels off the 20-machine lap after lap.

When the smoke cleared it was Jay King who crossed the stripe first, John Stewart held off Watland for second, a popular third went to Watland in his first run on the “High-Banks”, fourth was Cliff Richards, and in fifth Jesse Adair.

Mod-Minis

Dusty Robinson was on the verge of taking the checkered flag for the mod-mini feature but was caught up in a crash with a lapped car in turn four handing the win to C.J.Fisher, “Smiling” Ed Jasper returned to the winners circle taking second, third was Dustin Perez making his asphalt debut, Mike Margotta finished fourth and rounding out the top five was Mike Kerrivan.

Pro Trucks

Jim Alterizio had his truck hooked up and flying as he dominated the truck feature to take home the trophy. Nick King ran second, third was Danny Poling.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Rich Wildrick won his second race in a row in the Cowboy Caddies, Joe Gagen ran a strong second, Roger Swinton took third.

Outlaw Late Models

1.Scott Holly
2.Ed Kidd
3.Jim Kelly
4.Jamie Cassidy

Sportsman

1.James Casady
2.Keith Neff
3.Brian Teeters

Dutilly Takes First Limited Late Model Race (unofficial)

March 6th, 2005

The green dropped and Morris jumped out to the early lead with Richardson right on his back bumper. The action heated up early as Lonnie “the Flash” Miller and Steve Arnold tangled coming out of turn four as the duo was running in the top five. Miller went around in a cloud of smoke and Arnold was sent to the rear of the field for the infraction.

Jeff Wogoman was feeling the early season jitters. As he was making his way towards the front he made contact with Richardson who was able to gather his ride back up but lost several spots on the track. A few laps later Wogoman got into the leader Morris out of turn two, Morris went around and Wogoman was sent to the rear.

The story on this night was “the Young Gun” Jessie Dutilly, in only his second year in the high powered late model. He avoided all the altercations on the racetrack and powered out to the front to take the lead. Steve Arnold came from the back to second spot but was never able to catch the high-flying Dutilly who roared to the his first checkered flag. Arnold took second. Wogoman settled down and held on for third. Fourth was early leader Glenn Morris and in the fifth spot was Lonny Miller.

Questions about Dutilly’s carburetor in post race tech held up the official finish of the race at the time of this report.

Q Auto & Injury Open Wheel Modifieds

Mike Hinegardner was the class of the field in the Open Wheels as he was up to almost a half lap lead in the 35 lapper. A late race caution bunched the field allowing Robby McAuliffe to close in on the leader but Hinegardner was not to be denied as he roared to his first modified win at DeSoto. Second across the stripe was McAuliffe, third was Bobby Baldwin, fourth James Glover and fifth Dale Shelton.

Pure Stocks

“Ravishing” Rick Hurley and Duane Best put on one of the best races of the evening as the two went after each other lap after lap for the top spot on the track. They swapped the lead several times but when the smoke cleared it was Hurley who came out on top, Best settled for second, Dave Clearly finished third but a post race inspection found illegal engine parts DQ-ing him and giving the third spot to John Brown, Daven Query was fourth and on the eve of his 15th birthday Tyler Lau was fifth.

NAPA Auto Parts Cowboy Caddies

Rich Wildrick took home the trophy in the Cowboy Caddies, second was Joe Gagen, third went to Duane Campbell, fourth was Scott Ollar and fifth Matt Wildrick.

Mini-Stocks

For the first time in many years at DeSoto a VW graced the winners circle as Bruce Moorehouse held off the Ford of “Gentleman” Jon Bailey to take the win. Bailey was second, third was Mike Gayle, in fourth Mike Kerrivan and rounding out the top five was Dean
Butrum.

Bombers

The Bomber feature was dedicated to Doug Raastad who won the first feature of the young season but suddenly passed away the following week. The field started the race with the missing man formation and ended with an empty track checkered flag in honor of Raastad.

Dave Davis won the feature, second was John Stewart, third was Cody Gilder, and fourth was Jay King and fifth Cliff Mitchell.

“Superman” Dave Steele Back-to-Back Wins at DeSoto

February 20th, 2005

Heat race wins went to Shane Butler in race #1, veteran Doug Heveron was the winner in heat #2 and Jim Alvis took the checkers in heat #3.

Heat #3 saw the action heating up, as Wayne Reutiman Sr. was Dqed for unsportsman like actions on the track after altercation with Joe Rebman’s ride was sent hard into the turn one wall. Rebman was ok but his car was demolished in the frey.

Twenty Two cars rolled out for the 30 lap feature and when the green dropped the race was on as Jim Alvis jumped out to the early lead with Hevron right on his tail. The top five cars were running nose to tail through the first half of the race.

Just past the halfway mark Sport Allen and Dave Steele (who started in tenth) went three wide splitting Hevron to move into second and third respectably. It wasn’t long before Steele made the move on leader Alvis and took the top spot.

Steele made it look easy for the final portion of the races cruising to his second win in as many races at DeSoto. Second went to Shane Butler, third was Sport Allen, fourth across was Keith Butler and rounding out the top five was Troy DeCaire.

School Bus Figure 8

Scott Brown crossed the stripe as the winner in the Bus race but a post race inspection Dqed him giving Mike Gamache the win, second went to the “Cowboy” Jimmy Volk, third was Ernest Helfrick, fourth was Mark Jackson and in fifth Dave Bones.

Street Stocks

It was “Déjà vu” for Brian Teeters as he begins the 2005 season the way he ended it, in the winners circle. Teeters roared to the victory as he dominated the first race of the year. Aaaron Williamson the 2004 Southern Sportsman Series champ took second, third was Sue Taylor, fourth went to Jimmie Best and in fifth David Williamson.

Mini-Stocks

’04 Champ Todd Freed Jr. showed he still had the stuff as powered his way to the checkers taking the first win of the year, second across the stripe was Joe Gagen, third went to Bruce Mooreshouse, fourth was Dean Butrum and fifth Wendy Shurtleff.

Bombers

Doug Raastad took the lead and never looked back in route to the bomber win, David Davis was second and third Zach Hayward.

Pure Stocks

Duane Best showed the was in the Pure Stocks taking the first win of the season, second went to John Boyer and third Timm Hutton.

Outlaw Late Models

1.Ed Kidd
2.Pete Coon
3.Scott Holly

Dixie Motor Speedway Honors Drivers and Sponsors

December 31st, 2004

Pro Late Model driver Jay Reinbold, who came from 20th to 2nd in an awesome run on championship night, laid claim to his first championship on Dixie’s Highbanked oval.
The Frankenmuth veteran will see action behind the wheel of his Helm Electric/Zehnder Chevrolet Super Late Model next year and possibly in the Pro Late Models as well.

Finishing the top 12 point getters were Ed Doutre, Tony Brabbs, Mark Klein, Chad Bennett, Norm Wilcox, Joe Prather, Lance Troyer, Darwin Reinert, John LaBelle, Steve Hilliker and Joe Johnson. Special Awards went to Bennett- Car and Crew, LaBelle- Most Improved, Wilcox- Sportsman of the Year, Prather- Rookie of the Year, Reinert- Hard luck Award and Helm Electric- Sponsor of the Year. The ARP template body went to Troyer while Reinbold received a $500 ARP certificate.

Bob Szecsodi’s quest for the championship also went down to championship night as the Mt. Morris Modified driver had to overcome what looked like an insurmountable deficit to regain the top point spot at night’s end. Jeff Reamer was just 11 points behind followed by rookie Don Matteson, Mark Besaw, Ed Doutre, Bill Luckhurst, Johnny Belott, Nick Clemens, Chuck Silva, Dick Maurer, Claude Plante and Michael Luckhurst. Special Awards went to Bill Luckhurst- Car & Crew, Szecsodi- Most Improved, Don Morse- Sportsman of the Year, Matteson- Rookie of the Year, Besaw- Hard Luck Award and Sponsor of the Year went to Top Notch Motorsports. The CC Motorsports Lefthander modified chassis went to Rich Eady.

Sean Fish narrowly beat out Montrose’s Frank Erlenbeck for his second Figure-8 championship in as many years. Jerry Atwell, Ray DerMiner, John Hitsman, Jim Gokee, Lonny Hill, Roger Jewel, Vic Hitsman, Jeff Cummings, Gerry Persails and Chris Wilson rounded out the top 12. Atwell took home Car & Crew, Jewel- Most Improved, Erlenbeck- Sportsman of the Year and Ray DerMiner claimed the Hard Luck Award.

Joe Hodgeson will go down in the record books as the last driver to win a Factory Stock Championship at Dixie. The Clio driver will be piloting a Modified for 2005 and should be a threat right out of the box. Ed Newman Sr., Jim Miller Jr., David Murday, Gerry Gifford, Russ Dice, Corey Hurley, Ed Newman Jr., Dale Malusi Brian Vandecar, Dan Engel and Adam Purdy were the top point earners. Larry Plamondon was handed Car & Crew, Malusi- Most Improved, Vandecar- Sportsman of the Year, Dice- Rookie of the Year, Murday- Hard Luck Award and Performance Auto of Flint was Sponsor of the Year.

Steve Morris barely edged veteran Kim Lake to claim top honors in the Factory-4 division. The Clio driver navigated his Phil’s transmission / Mt. Morris Auto Collision machine to a 6 point advantage for his first-ever championship. Kim Tabor, Clayton Clark, Aaron Spearling, Darren Bohn, Terry Albaugh, Gerry Persails, Lonny Anderson, Kevin Dobis, Dan Leeck and Derek Lacey completed the top 12. Morris was awarded Car & Crew, Tabor- Most Improved, Lake- Sportsman of the Year, Bohne- Rookie of the Year, Spearling- Hard Luck Award and Windpusher Racing of Mt. Morris was Sponsor of the Year.

Steve Sauve was crowned champion of the first-ever outlaw Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series”. The Saginaw, MI hotshoe, in his Helm Electric/Jack’s Tree Service Chevrolet, outraced the best drivers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana enroute to the coveted title. Mt. Morris, MI Johnny Belott was 2nd followed by Angola, Indiana standout Scott Hantz and Flushing, MI ace John Doering. More exciting news about this series will be announced soon.

Fan Appreciation Awards went to long-time patrons Lynn Quackenbush and Donny Smith. The Dixie Sponsor of the Year went to Helm Electric of Frankenmuth.

Dixie would like to thank the staff, drivers, crews, sponsors and fans for support and patronage this past season. Our best wishes to you and your families in the coming year.

Pierce Wins DeSoto LLM, Moff Takes 2nd Championship

December 5th, 2004

Jessie Dutilly led the pack with fast time on a cool evening.

The field was inverted three rows putting Moff on the outside of the front row. The green dropped and off Moff jumped out to the early lead.

Jordan Richardson was running a strong second place until he got into the back of the leader sending him around. Richardson was sent to the rear for bringing out the yellow.

Moff was eventually passed by Marty Pierce who went on to dominate the final laps of the race, Tim Russell running second spun on the last lap coming out of two and Jessie Dutilly hung on for second, third went Doug Samion, fourth was Glenn Morris and Doug Moff was fifth to claim his second championship in as many years.

Street stocks

Brian Teeters and his crew have had a tough go of it this season and tonite would be a challenge as a wreck in practice put them on the spot. Heavy thrashing in the pits got the car back on the track and paid off as he roared to the win in the street stock feature and capturing the 2004 championship, second went to Greg Krom, third was Robert Haygood, fourth David Williamson and in fifth Joey Barnes.

Pure Stocks

Rick Hurley survived a wild finish to take the win in the Pure Stock feature but it was Rob Taylor who wrapped up the championship finishing second, third went to David Yahraus.

Mini-Stocks

Clay Joseph lead most of the mini stock feature until the last lap when Dean Butrum made contact with him sending him around opening the door for Todd Freed Jr. who took the win, second was Bruce Morehouse, third was Robert Haygood.

Cowboy Caddies

Duane Campbell was crowned the Cowboy Caddie champ and took the feature win, second went to Clint Roberts and in third Rich Wildrick.

Open Wheels

John Sarppraicone Jr. roared to the checkers and the ’04 championship in the open wheels, second was Dale Shelton, third Brandon Pitts.

DeSoto Trucks

1.Jim Alterizio
2.Bill Manfull
3.Mike Gamache

Sportsman

1.Bubba Thompson
2.Mark Peterson
3.James Brenner

Outlaw Late Models

1.Wendall Overstreet
2.Ed Kidd
3.Steve O’lone

Fontaine Dominates AACS Race, Holtorf Takes School Bus Figure 8

November 28th, 2004

Steve Dorer jumped out to the early lead but it wasn’t long before B.J. McLeod made a move on the outside to take the top spot. Dave Pletcher who had fast time fell out on lap 2 to mechanical woes.

McLeod had his hands full when Chris Fontaine roared up on his back bumper. The handle appeared to go away on the 78 machine allowing Fontaine to get around and take command bringing with him Dwayne Dempsey.

Although Dempsey’s ride was fast it wasn’t enough to keep up with Fontaine as he dominated the rest of the race to take the win and then to thrill the fans to a smokey burn out on the front stretch.

Second went to Dempsey, third was Jeff Scofield, fourth B.J.McLeod and rounding out the top five was Brian Richardson.

Bus Figure 8

The school bus figure 8’s had the fans on their feet for most the 25 lap feature event. The bus’s were beating and banging swapping the lead back and fourth.

Everyone held their breath when there was a grinding collision in the X between Bob Longo and Scott Brown. Longo’s bus ended up on its side with the throttle stuck sending a plume of smoke into the Sunday skies.

When the smoke cleared it was Ray Holtorf taking the win, second was C.W. McLeod and third Brian Hayn.

Pure Stocks

Rob Taylor was able to hold off the charge of Rick Hurley to take home the Pure Stock trophy, second was Rick Hurley, third Chet Roberts.

Sportsman

It was Johnny Casady taking the checkers in the Sportsman class, second went to Bubba Thompson, third Mark Peterson.

Mini-Stock

Todd Freed Jr. roared across the stripe to take the mini-stock feature, second was Jessie Dutilly, in the third Jon Bailey.

Bombers

1.Don Justice
2.Bobby Fischer
3.Clint Snyder

Street Stocks

1. Robert Haygood
2. Brian Teeters
3. Butch Hall Jar

Rocket Man Powers to Race of Champions Win

November 24th, 2004

They ran that way until just before the half way mark when the “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson made the move on the outside of Hoelzle. The duo ran side by side before Jefferson was able to get around. Morrison did his best trying to hold off the hard charging Jefferson but Jefferson made the move and took the top spot just before the halfway fuel stop.

When the green flew again it was all Jefferson as he roared to the checkers, second went to Hoelzle, Morrison held onto third, fourth was Timmy Moore and in fifth Johnny Allen.

Pure Stocks

Rick Hurley took fast time for the 50 lap Pure Stock feature but when the smoke cleared it was David Yahraus edging out Hurley at the line to take the win, Hurley finished second as the front brakes burst into flames on the start finish line, third went to Kyle Tenbusch, fourth was Rob “the Teddy Bear” Vigilo who lead the most laps, and fifth Jimmie Best.

DeSoto Trucks

Danny Poling came out on top of the Truck feature, second went to Nick King, third Shane Russ, fourth Jay Seykora and fifth Jim Alterizio.

Mini-Stocks

In the mini stock feature it was all Todd Freed Jr. after over coming problems in earlier races as he took home the trophy, second went to Dean Butrum, third was Jon Bailey, fouth Bruce Morehouse and in fifth Mike Kerrivan.

Sportsman

David Williamson took his first ever feature win at the high banks of DeSoto, second went to James Brenner, third was Aaron Williamson, fourth was William Skaggs and fifth Paul Fargo.

Cowboy Caddies

1.Rich Wildrick
2.Duane Campbell
3.Scott Ollar

Street Stocks

1.Casey Hall
2.Brian Tetters
3.Joey Barnes

Outlaw Mods

1.Billy Campbell
2.Raymond Jones
3.Mike Bean

Scofield, Choquette top AACS Twin 75’s

November 14th, 2004

The field was inverted two rows putting points leader Jeff Scofield on the point. Scofield took the lead on the drop of the green but was challenged by Billy Bigley Jr. through most of the caution filled event.

Scofield held on to take the win, second was Bigley, third was Choquette, fourth went to Steve Dorer and in fifth Dave Pletcher.

The second race again was inverted two rows from the previous races finish putting Choquette on the pole. Choquette’s dirt experience paid off for him on the start as the back tires broke loose coming out of four almost sending the car sideways in front of the field. He gathered it back up and slid into the second spot behind Bigley.

Choquette and Bigley battled for the top spot early in the race but just before the mid portion the yellow flew and while under caution Bigley dove into the pits and did not return. From that point on Choquette dominated the final stages of the race to take his first ever asphalt win, second went to Steve Dorer, third went to Jeff Scofield, fourth was Pletcher and in fifth Jimmy Cope.

Unofficially this could wrap up the AACS points championship for Scofield and the $10,000 prize money.

Open Wheels

It was the Mopar of Pat Nanney who roared to the checkers in the open wheel feature, Dale Shelton took second, third was Sean McLaughlin.

Street Stocks

Brian Teeters made it two in a row as he got around Robert Haygood and went on to take the trophy in the street stocks. Haygood took second, third went to Greg Krom.

Mod-Mini

After a long season of hard work “Flyin” Bryan Wagner took his first feature win in a long time over C.J.Fisher and Rick Partridge.

Pierce Dominates DeSoto Limiteds

November 7th, 2004

Early in the race points leader Doug Moff had a flat right rear tire causing him to spin and bring out the first of many yellow flags on the evening. Moff came back out on the speedway and began the race on the tail of the field.

Moff followed Steve Dorer who also started in the rear through the field dodging wrecks and traffic to make it up into the top five.

As the duo were battling for the third spot Dorer broke coming down the front stretch handing third to Moff.

Marty Pierce took the win leading green to checkers, second went to a hard charging Jessie Dutilly, third was Moff, fourth went Chad Allman and rounding out the top five was Chuck Burkhalter.

Open Wheels

Pulling double duty Doug Moff started in the middle of the pack but by just over half way made the pass and never looked back as he roared to the Open Wheel feature win, second was John Sarppricone Jr., third Pat Nanney, fourth Phil Morrision and fifth Eric Rudd.

Street Stocks

Brian Teeters was a man on a mission as he came from the rear of the field to take the win, second went to a strong running Adam King, third was Casey Hall.

Pure Stocks

“Ravishing” Rick Hurley blew away the rest of the field in the pure stock feature taking home the trophy over second place Jody Collins, third went to Ernest Sparks.

DeSoto Trucks

Jeff Firstine was able to hold off the charge of Shane Russ to take the truck feature event win, Russ finished second coming from dead last after an early race spin, third was Jay Seykora.

Sprints and Buses Featured at Desoto Super Speedway

October 31st, 2004

John Gilbert jumped out to the early lead and looked like he was going to run away with the event until lap 18 when veteran sprint racer Dave Steele blasted out from his 13th starting position and eventually tracked down and drove by Gilbert.

Steele dominated the final laps taking the checkers, second was Gilbert, third Scott Adema, fourth Mark Gimmler and rounding out the top five was Wayne Reutimann Sr.

School Bus Figure 8

Brain Hayn “ the Master” of school bus racing showed everyone why he has that name taking the top spot once more at the high banks, second across was Brian Conrad, third went Ernest Helfrick.

Sportsman

L.B. Skaggs crossed the stripe first but was dqed in tech handing the win to Mark Peterson, second was Wallace Ramsey, third Bubba Thompson.

Bombers

It was Dar Houghtling holding off Doug Raastad to take the bomber trophy, Raastad second and in third Jesse Gargus.

Street Stocks

Robert Haygood had his car on a rail as he cruised to the win in the street stock feature, Joey Barnes finished a well earned second and in third Duane Best.

Mod Mini

After some bad luck earlier this year it was C.J.Fisher leading the field across in the mod minis ahead of Jessie Dutilly and Bryan Wagner.

Open Wheels

Hard work finally paid off as Eric Rudd took his first modified win at DeSoto, Pat Nanney was a strong second, third was Timmy Moore.

Pure Stocks

Jimmie Best celebrated his birthday in a big way winning the Pure Stock feature, Richard McClough held on for second, third across was Rick Hurley.

Mini Stocks

Todd Freed Jr. was never challenged as he roared to the checkers for the victory, second was Cameron Cruise, third Robert Haygood.

Cowboy Caddies

Rich Wildrick barley got by Duane Campbell to take the last lap win, second was Campbell, third Scott Ollar.

Morris Wins “BIG” in DeSoto Limited Lates

October 25th, 2004

The green dropped and Morris jumped out again. The field battled behind him and after 30 green flag laps the yellow flew again for a pile up in turn three. The crash took out several of the front runners including Steve Arnold who was tying for his third win in a row.

Morris was able to avoid the carnage and jumped out to the lead again. As the race wound down Morris was being challenged by Doug Moff, unfortunately for Moff he slid coming out of 2 and lost several positions in the frey. Moff tangled with another car and spun into the infield ending his night.

Morris was able to hold off a hard charging Steve Dorer to take win, Dorer took second, third was Randy Fox, fourth was Johnny Jackson and in fifth Jessie Dutilly.

Open Wheels

After blasting the track record at Lakeland USA Speedway the week before “the Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson came back to DeSoto with a vengeance. After battling side by side with Timmy Moore Jefferson broke out and never looked back cruising to the win, Moore took a solid second, third was L.B.Skaggs, fourth Phil Morrison, and rounding out the top five was Dennis Wilson Jr.

Street Stocks

Joey Barnes came back after a horrendous crash the week before, suffering a concussion and destroying his race car to climb into a back up machine and take the win in the street stock feature, second was Bubba Thompson, third Duane Best, fourth went to Greg Krom and fifth Sue Taylor.

TESTING 2

May 28th, 2004

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TESTING 1

May 27th, 2004

The story so far is that kevin has asked me where’s the preview code and I have finished the coding for the same!